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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 16, Issue 22 (November-2 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Our study evaluates the environmental effect of a fully functioning telemedicine program developed [...] Read more. Our study evaluates the environmental effect of a fully functioning telemedicine program developed in the central Catalan region. It includes tele-dermatology, tele-ulcers, tele-eyelids and tele-audiometries. The program contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing the number of journeys made for face-to-face visits with a hospital specialist and thereby decreasing the atmospheric pollutants emitted by vehicles. In 18 months a total of 12,322 referrals were made to telemedicine services in primary care centers. As a result, a total of 9034 face-to-face visits were avoided. Overall, that saved a distance of 192,682 km, which represents an average reduction of 3248.3 g of carbon dioxide, 4.05 g of carbon monoxide, 4.86 g of nitric oxide, and 3.2 g of sulphur dioxide. View this paper