But when it needs to share patient records, it turns to an outdated technology: the fax machine.
One medical worker recalled a fax fiasco from the 1990s when he practically sent medical records to the moon.
It is the cockroach of American medicine: hated by doctors and medical professionals but able to survive — even thrive — in a hostile environment.
By one private firm’s estimate, the fax accounts for about 75 percent of all medical communication.
The Obama administration spent upward of $30 billion encouraging American hospitals and doctor offices to switch from paper to electronic records.
“I think if we want to kill the fax, we need to schedule a funeral,” he says.
But we do know this: As long as the fax sticks around, it is bad for doctors and bad for patients. »