Media release - Secure messaging to replace outdated fax machines
PS - Remember the rest of the world is also still working on the fax 'problem'.
Nearly three-quarters of non-federal acute care hospitals routinely use fax or mail to receive summary of care records from providers outside their system, according to new data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Two-thirds of health systems use fax or mail to send records.
Paper-based methods outpaced electronic transmission, particularly in receiving records. More than 4 in 10 systems said they “often” use mail or fax while 27% said they often use a standalone health information service provider like DirectTrust.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has pushed the industry to adopt electronic methods for data exchange, calling on developers help “make every doctor’s office in America a fax free zone by 2020.”