At Apnea Health, we are now taking concrete measures in our workplaces to reduce our waste production, our consumption of plastic and gasoline, and thus reduce our ecological footprint.
The Thunberg effect
500,000 people young and old joined Greta last Friday to protest our collective apathy to address the climate crisis. One message that Greta repeated was to not just be inspired, but to take action. Her movement is igniting our youth and their enthusiasm is trickling down to us older folk. It’s about time! They call this the Thunberg effect. It’s being felt in my household (home to 2 teenage girls who scrutinize my consumption habits) and in my workplace at Apnea Health and I’ll tell you that it feels good. Change starts with action and at Apnea Health we are committed to reducing waste in our operations.
To that end, here are just a few environmentally conscious initiatives that we feel have made an impact in 2019:
Apnea Health goes paperless in April 2019
Apnea Health takes action to protect the environment by replacing its paper patient files with electronic medical records (EMR). You might not think it makes much of a difference, but imagine entire offices devoted simply to paper files. If you visit our clinics, you will see the product of 11 years of paper files.
The filing cabinets were encroaching on our workspaces. All patients files are now digital. The adaptation is not without its challenges given the monumental task of digitizing everything and given that most of us are accustomed to note-taking on paper. Our team is embracing the change and our offices are feeling a lot more spacious!
Apnee Sante goes electric
Another way that Apnea Health is taking action to protect the environment is by reducing its carbon footprint. As we slowly replace our fleet of 6 cars, we are committed to buying electric cars. This past summer we purchased 2 electric cars for our staff who travel throughout the Greater Montreal area to visit our 6 clinics and to visit our patients in hospital and at home.
We’re loving the e-vehicles!