BREAKING: U.S. Senate Announces Ban on Use of Fax Machines

Government officials debate the nationwide ban of fax machines in healthcare.

Government officials debate the nationwide ban of fax machines in healthcare.

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution calling for a ban on the use of fax machines in the healthcare industry.

This resolution was in response to complaints to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued by several large hospital systems across the country.

"Our health system spends over $80,000 on faxing every month and information is still getting lost in transmission constantly. Someone needs to force everyone off of faxing or it's never going to end." said John M. Gates, CIO at Children's National Hospital.

Patients have also expressed their grievances on the use of fax machines.

"I can't believe I'm sitting here in the waiting room, waiting for a fax to come in." Guillermo, 25, Orlando, FL.

The President is expected to sign the bill later this week, in line with efforts at the White House to lower the cost of healthcare for Americans.

HHS officials did not respond to a request for comment at press time.

*Editor's Note: Unfortunately, this post was partially an April fool's joke.

While medical faxing has not been banned yet in America, medical record faxing remains an age-old problem throughout the nation. At least 75% of all medical data is currently transmitted via fax, with over 9 billion pages faxed every year in healthcare.

E-faxing still remains a rapidly growing market in the healthcare sector.

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Protests Erupt Nationwide Over Medical Record Faxing

Protesters march outside NYU Medical Center demanding the elimination of medical record faxing at hospitals nationwide

Protesters march outside NYU Medical Center demanding the elimination of medical record faxing at hospitals nationwide

NEW YORK- Massive protests brought traffic to a standstill today in thousands of cities across the country, as hospital executives scrambled to review alternatives to faxing. 

"My mother died when her medication list was lost in a fax to her doctor. I will not rest until our nation's health systems go 100% fax-free," said Senay Tewelde, 74, of Jackson, MS. 

"Every other industry stopped faxing decades ago, because things always get lost," said protester Veronica Green, 45, of Brooklyn, NY. "I'm tired of my medical records being faxed and going missing because the line was busy. From now on, I'm only going to visit doctors who don't fax anything," she added. 

In response to the escalating protests, President Trump tweeted "We're going to build the biggest, greatest fax machine the world has ever seen, and China is going to pay for it." 

At press time, several hospital leaders were heard saying that eliminating medical record faxing is now their top priority, and as such, they plan to fully phase out faxing by 2055. "If only there was some magical piece of software we could install that would instantly eliminate 100% of all the faxing we do," said Bazyli Nowak, CEO of New York Central Hospital. 

 

Editor's Note: This is a fictitious April Fool's day post. But medical record faxing remains an age-old problem throughout the nation. 

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