As we mentioned last week, Intermountain Healthcare is very focused on sustainability initiatives. In addition to creating a more efficient waste stream, the system is also analyzing one of the most common practices in a workplace: printing paper.
Intermountain estimates its print operations cost between $49-147 million annually. They used Gartner’s white paper on cost-cutting initiatives to identify opportunities that could reduce printing costs by up to 30%.
Intermountain established its iPrint program to bring its print operations under a system-wide strategy to increase efficiency. One of its accomplishments under this program was a print monitoring and management system called PaperCut. Initial monitoring has shown that more than 7 million pages are printed each month. That equates to consuming 85 trees, using 1.44 bulb hours of energy system-wide, and producing over 30,000 kg of CO2. So process efficiencies not only reduce the system’s costs, but also benefit the environment.
Download the Gartner cost cutting guide to discover ideas that could work for your system.
To learn more about initiatives at Intermountain Healthcare, visit intermountainhealthcare.org
Information from: Intermountain Healthcare Sustainability Annual Report 2013.