Kaiser Permanente Nabs Top Ranking for Use of Green IT Practices


Kaiser Permanente has received the highest ranking in Computerworld's Top 12 List of Green IT Organizations for 2011, Computerworld reports.

Seventy organizations were considered for the top 12 list (Fanning, Computerworld, 10/24). Kaiser was the only health care provider organization to receive the recognition for its efforts to reduce energy consumption in its IT equipment (Kaiser Permanente release, 10/24).

Kaiser's Green IT Efforts

According to Computerworld, Kaiser received high marks for green IT partly because of its approach to measuring cooling system efficiency in its data centers (Fanning, Computerworld, 10/24).

Kaiser workers developed the approach a few years ago after realizing that one of the health care system's data centers was poised to run out of power.

Now, Kaiser measures power at the circuit level and uses wireless sensors to monitor temperature and other environmental factors. Workers use the data collected to develop strategies for conserving energy.

In addition, Kaiser has "Keep IT Green" teams that meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm energy-saving initiatives.

This year, Kaiser's data center IT and facilities groups collaborated on an effort to curb energy consumption at Kaiser's three data centers. The effort helped the health system save 7.2 million kilowatt-hours of power from overall data center operations and over $770,000 from energy budgets (Mitchell, Computerworld, 10/24).

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