Friday September 29, 2017
Is it time to pull the plug on fax machines in medicine?
And now, we look at one aspect of medical culture that might want to think about a "workshift."
You may be wondering why the medical world continues to cling to fax machines after other industries have moved on to e-mail, texting and even WhatsApp. As near as I can tell, healthcare clings stubbornly to fax machines because those other 'new fangled' modes of communication aren't as secure from privacy breaches as the Fort Knox-like fax machine.
But not really.
In Nova Scotia a private business received faxes from family doctors referring patients to a mental health clinic because they used the wrong fax number. The fax machine at a farm in Corner Brook in Newfoundland and Labrador, kept humming with patient lab reports sent by the local health authority.
I think it's time to find a way to make electronic transmission of health information private enough ... and escort the fax machine out of the Hinterland -and your doctor's office - to settle into extinction.
- Brian Goldman
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