2 truths and 1 lie: Healthcare and fax machines

Yep, I’m going there. Wading into it. Touching the third rail.

After all, Alexander Bain received a British patent for the first fax machine in 1843.

I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. … Or 175 years, if you need it.

It’s 2018, y’all

I know, I know, many of you out there in the healthcare world love your fax machine. It’s the best way to transmit information.

But is it? Let’s take a closer look.

Know the answer?

Be the first person to leave the correct answer – with the correct explanation of why the lie is a lie – in the comments section and we will reveal you as the winner in the next edition!

Just like Giovanna and our two-time champion, Michael Sanders.

Can you handle the truth?

Which statement is a lie, and why?

  • Fax machines are a secure way to share sensitive patient information
  • Fax machines always deliver perfectly legible information
  • The most effective use of expert medical staff is when they’re keying information into fax machines, not diagnosing patients, improving care, or conducting research

We’ll reveal the lie, why it’s not true, and the winner in the next edition of the series.

Good luck!

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a former radio station mascot. A rabbit, if you really want to know. These days, he's a content marketing manager at Hyland and the editor of this blog. An author with an MBA and two books in print, he’s been writing about tech for Hyland for a decade. His industry certifications include CDIA and ecmp.

2 Responses

  1. Lee Howard says:

    The most effective use of expert medical staff is when they’re keying information into fax machines, not diagnosing patients, improving care, or conducting research is the biggest lie…and least cost effective…and SO OPEN to high – impact clerical errors and liability (IE Wrong recipient)
    The next biggest is : Faxes do have a relatively secure comm channel …also this is dependent on digital or POTS delivery of faxes
    The third biggest and least impactful is….Fax Image replication kinda sucks … 🙂

  2. Correct on all three counts!

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