I don’t understand why fax is still a thing. In the medical profession mostly, you have people sitting at a computer with secure encrypted email, who tell you that you must fax in your documents. Have a workers comp form that you need to send over to an urgent care place? Don’t email it, send it via fax so that the person sitting at a computer with secure encrypted email and electronic medical records, secured by biometric and two factor authentication can get up from his or her desk and walk over to the fax machine to pick up a piece of paper that anyone else in the office can pick up and read…because that’s more secure? Where’s @intrepid01 to drop a knowledge bomb on us?
@steckrca - Some practices and social work depts still use Fax and snail mail because email goes through a an ISP and if they want to a sysop there could theoretically do packet sniffing or more.
- E-mail is inherently not secure unless encrypted. We actively discourage its use for the above reasons (IT and CEO level prohibitions).
We accept encrypted email, eFax to and eFAX or FAX from a secure location (sender’s responsibility to be there instead of having STD results sent to office fax for communal sharing). All medical office communications containing Protected Health Information (PHI) are governed by HIPAA and HiTech law. Errors are mandated to be reported at state level. Mitigation steps are required if possible. Egregious errors get some pretty stiff fines.
Agree with you too many practices and companies are behind in understanding vulnerabilities. No human is perfect of course. But the basics are not hard to learn. We try our best to protect our Patient’s confidentiality and rights.
Hope this is what you wanted to know and reasonable due diligence.
Thank you sir. I totally get it, I still think it’s dumb. Some of the greatest minds work in the medical field, you’d think that some of the technological advances would make it over to the administration side too. We can cure and prevent so many afflictions that in the past did their best to annihilate whole civilizations and in some cases succeeded, but we still have to fax things under the guise of security and safety.
I fully agree that many are behind the times. But it is not always willful ignorance. Example: Most social work offices sending in requests for records that are trying to help those unemployed - lack IT budgets. They do what they can with the little they have. For disability forms, I prefer to do it online though it is time consuming to look up hospital codes that we do not even use in behalf of the Patient.
Doing it online is far faster than paper. 3 days to approval vs. more than a month per complaints I read about elsewhere. Patient was astounded because he knew friends had weeks longer delays.
Not all doctors are comfortable with the electronic entry and the forms. All find the forms a thankless chore - it can take more time to fill out than even a full Patient visit. It’s done after hours - after everyone has gone home. Specialists almost 100% utterly refuse to do them even if they did surgery etc. They dump it on primary care doctors who personally get paid nothing to do the work. One doctor said she worked 13 hours a day for clerical and referral things like this and was paid 8. No overtime (they are all exempt workers).
I figured, as often as Woot likes to sell Ham Radio equipment, it’d make the list.
I just ordered up a land line this week…Just saying.
Woot had those once. Sold out before I could get it.
Missed it by that much
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That would be the “Telegraph”. It’s one of the choices.
I used to use a rotary dial phone when i was a kid. That was the main landline when I moved into my grandma’s house.
Please vote. Please. I’m begging.
(Please Note: I’m not employed by Woot, but I volunteer to help in the forums.)
Me too! Then, when you screwed up and misdialed, you had to start start the whole dialing process all over again! sigh
Let’s not forget those grody pay phones! Always kept a dimes in my penny loafers for those “just in case” moments!
That’s all that existed when I was a kid.
I was always afraid the metal stop would cut off my finger.
I my day, we didn’t have dimes to make a call. We had to build a fire and use smoke signals.