We see many care organizations using fax machines and claiming that they’re great because they’re HIPAA compliant. It’s the covered entity’s responsibility to ensure their fax practices comply with HIPAA privacy rules.
Using paper-based fax machines to transmit protected health information (PHI) can present serious security risks for healthcare providers and their patients. Faxing documents to the wrong number, having a fax machine located in a non-secure area, or theft of a fax machine hard drive are common scenarios that have resulted in security breaches.
With widespread EHR adoption many practices have extra employees just to receive and enter fax data into the EHR system. While the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 seeks to close both security and inefficiency gaps its overriding intention is to promote interoperability.
Recently the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, released a statement about how she wishes to have Fax Machines removed from physicians’ offices by 2020.
That is just 2 years to see a near extinct technology finally exit the world for good. Do not misunderstand, fax machines were a great tool for the work place decades ago. Today however their purpose has been replaced with better technology.
With methods of communication constantly improving, perhaps it is time to ask why your practice still has a fax machine?
Phasing out old technology is the pattern of life in the 21st century.
What replaces the Fax machine? It won’t be a singular machine but a multi-use tool that can not only send encrypted images but also send chat, email, and voice calls.
Read below to understand safeguards for secure communications and file storage for your care organization…
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