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Published On September 22, 2014

TECHNOLOGY

Hooked on Faxes

Physicians and faxes have a long, complex relationship.

50
Years since Xerox Corp. introduced the commercial fax machine

18
Years since HIPAA was enacted to improve health insurance access and portability, and “to combat waste, fraud and abuse” in the health care system

63
Percentage of physicians who communicate with other physicians via fax, one of the few channels that HIPAA approves unambiguously

1,100
Faxes, on average, received per month by physicians in 2013 

50
Minutes that could be cut from discharge time, according to 65% of respondents to a recent survey of health care professionals, if secure text messaging were approved under HIPAA

34
Percentage of physicians who communicate with other clinicians via e-mail—despite e-mail not being defined as a secure channel by HIPAA

1.5 million
Dollars, settlement paid by a Boston-area hospital in 2012 after an unencrypted personal laptop containing electronic protected health information was stolen

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