Interconnectedness of digital health, climate change and respiratory care: navigating an environmentally sustainable path forward

Zerina Lokmic-Tomkin, Shauna Davies, Dinesh Bhandari, Eddie Robinson, Renee Manser, Ben Dunne, Hanna von Gerich

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Planetary health connects human health to surrounding natural systems reliant on preserving nine planetary boundaries. Excessive fossil-fuel use, plastic consumption and our lifestyles have led to environmental pollution, pushing climate change, biodiversity loss, freshwater availability, disrupted nutrient cycles and land use into an uncertain future. Climate change affects respiratory health through increased air pollution, allergen level changes, extreme heat, more frequent bushfires and changes in vector-borne disease distribution. Communities and healthcare systems require innovative solutions to address these challenges. Digital health interventions hold great promise as they support respiratory care by improving access to care, more personalised healthcare plans, therapy adherence, remote monitoring, risk identification and patient education. However, while technologies such as electronic medical records and telemedicine can reduce healthcare emissions, they also contribute to environmental pollution. By designing and delivering digital health services with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, environmentally sustainable production and responsible recycling, a balance between safe quality care and minimal environmental impact is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Respiratory Healthcare
EditorsHilary Pinnock, Vitalii Poberezhets, David Drummond
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEuropean Respiratory Society
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781849841736, 9781849841733, 9781849841740
ISBN (Print)9781849841726
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Publication series

NameERS monograph
ISSN (Print)2312-508X
ISSN (Electronic)2312-5098

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