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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