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KAMMCO is the Solution to #killthefax


HIEs in the KAMMCO Network promote:


Digital transfer of personal health information is secure.


Helps improve patient encounters and health outcomes while avoiding duplication of labs and tests.


Audit trails are created for accessed patient data.


Efficiencies of scale – information goes into the HIE once and is universally available to participating members of the healthcare team.


Meet the requirement to provide patients an ONC certified patient portal that offers 24/7 access to their longitudinal health record.


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?

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 “kill the fax.”

In August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their goal to eliminate fax machines from physician offices by 2020. CMS Administrator Seema Verma noted that 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 doctor’s 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 "kill the fax" initiative

Participation in health information exchange, such as those established in the KAMMCO Network, will not only help #killthefax 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.

Download the #KillTheFax print version Download the #KillTheFax poster Letter to CMS Administrator about our commitment to #KillTheKax


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