Moving from paper to Internet faxing identified as an easy first step toward meeting President Obama’s goal of having all health records in electronic format by 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama called for a full switch to Electronic Health Records (EHR) by 2014. While many healthcare organizations already have plans underway to put these systems in place, often they involve lengthy installations of complex technologies that will push the deadline to the limit. MyFax, the world’s fastest-growing Internet fax service, advises that an easy first step healthcare organizations can take today is to move from paper-based fax machines or fax servers to Internet faxing.
“Traditional fax machines don’t integrate very well with EHR systems,” said Steve Adams, VP of Marketing for Protus, the provider of MyFax. “The paper documents they produce require extra steps in order to be entered into an EHR system. Switching from a fax machine or fax server to an internet fax service is quick and easy, and will save healthcare organizations a lot of work in both the short- and long-term. It’s something they can do now to prepare themselves for 2014.”
The MyFax online portal transmits documents electronically using fax protocols (thus meeting HIPAA requirements). Faxes can also be sent and received through secure email accounts. As a result, users can integrate their fax communication and corresponding document management work flow into their EHR systems more efficiently and at a lower cost than with traditional fax servers or fax machines. Electronic documents can be easily forwarded, attached to electronic medical records and stored.
MyFax can be tied to contact management systems, eliminating the need to dial a phone number on a keypad and stand at the machine while the fax transmits. This method not only saves time, it also prevents a patient’s confidential medical information from being accidentally faxed elsewhere – which avoids another potential HIPAA violation. Faxes are received in PDF or TIFF format to ensure easier integration with EHR systems, and MyFax supports 178 different file formats when sending documents.
Unlike many improvements in the medical world, which tend to cost more to implement, MyFax is proven to help reduce both day-to-day and long-term costs over using fax machines or fax servers. For more information about switching to Internet faxing, visit http://www.myfax.com/. You can also get the latest MyFax news by following MyFax on Twitter and Facebook.
MyFax is the fastest-growing Internet fax service used by individuals, small, medium and large businesses to send and receive faxes using existing email accounts or the web. MyFax offers services in North America and Europe, including the United Kingdom, to industries recognized among the fastest-growing adopters of Internet fax including healthcare, finance, insurance, real estate, transportation and government. More than 20,000 new customers subscribe to MyFax each month. MyFax is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business communications solution provided by Protus. Other offerings include my1voice, a feature-rich virtual phone service for small business and Campaigner, the email marketing service that is easy-to-use, affordable and provides step-by-step coaching tips and tools. You can learn more and visit MyFax at www.myfax.com or by following MyFax on Twitter and Facebook.
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