Healthcare Needs to Catch-up; It's Time to #killthefax
In medical facilities throughout the country, physicians, nurses, and staff are placing medical records in a tray, dialing a number, pressing send to fax private health information across town, across the state, or around the world. According to one private firm’s estimate, 75 percent of all healthcare communications are sent by fax. Isn’t it time we change this picture and #killthefax?
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While industries such as banking, insurance, and education consider faxing a nearly antiquated form of communication, many in healthcare have not transitioned to the digital transfer of information. The fax’s endurance may be a symptom of regulations, technological limitations, or simply tradition. The lack of privacy for personal health information, the uncertainty and unreliability on the part of the end user, half-printed and missing pages, are all critical reasons to #killthefax.

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their goal to eliminate fax machines from physician offices by 2020. CMS Administrator Seema Verma noted healthcare is stuck in a 1990s time warp — it is possible to keep patient data secure while sharing it with them. Verma challenged developers to help make doctors’ offices a fax free zone by 2020. 

Recently released research dubbed, ‘Faxploit’, demonstrates how cyber criminals can now infiltrate a corporate network by exploiting all-in-one-printer-fax machines. The only thing required to carry out the attack is a fax number. Another reason to #killthefax.

Interoperability remains the key in accomplishing the #killthefax initiative. 

Participation in health information exchange, such as HealthSYNC, will not only help #killthefax in Louisiana but also allows healthcare providers to quickly access their patients’ data across disparate healthcare systems, reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making. The HIE supports patient care coordination and transitions of care by allowing healthcare professionals to access their patients’ most recent test results, procedures , diagnoses , and medications in a secure environment.
Why HealthSYNC of Louisiana?
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How to Get Started with HealthSYNC of Louisiana
Have you heard about HealthSYNC of Louisiana, the physician-led statewide health information exchange in partnership with the Louisiana State Medical Society? 

Learn how HealthSYNC of Louisiana can help you provide better quality patient care – and help you with MIPS quality reporting.

  • Call HealthSYNC of Louisiana (844.424.4371) to schedule a product demonstration – view the physician portal and see the web-based analytics dashboards at work. 

  • HealthSYNC of Louisiana will collect key information about your practice or clinic, such as location, type of organization, and current EHR.

  • A HealthSYNC of Louisiana Integration Project Manager will schedule and perform a technology assessment with your organization.

  • Once the technology assessment is completed, HealthSYNC of Louisiana will be back in touch to review project details and pricing. 

Schedule a demo for today! See how HealthSYNC of Louisiana can help you Connect, Analyze, Engage and Transform your practice.

Come and See Us!
October 9 - 11, 2018
Louisiana Primary Care Association
35th Annual Conference
Shreveport Convention Center
Shreveport, LA

Jeff Williams
Executive Vice President & CEO