This week, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that from 2020 all fax machines in the NHS will be phased out, with a ban in place to stop Trusts purchasing them from January 2019. NHS organisations will need to demonstrate the use of secure email in place of fax to improve patient safety and security.

BridgeHead’s John McCann discusses why the continued use of the fax machine within the NHS is a security worry, and argues that clinicians need data to be available in a single, standards-based enterprise repository that offers a fully compliant means to consolidate, protect and share all data pertinent to a patient – giving clinicians and support staff the ability to quickly and easily search and retrieve data, as and when they need it at the point of care.

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