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Doctors Learn To Give Up Faxes
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SherriD901
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SherriD901,
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5/10/2014 | 8:01:07 PM
Great article, Disagree with physician adoption process
Love your articles, including this one; however, I think it does the Health IT community a disservice to underestimate the effort required to drive physician adoption of new tools.  Your most productive surgeons can be the hardest and they're not "older".
Alison_Diana
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4/18/2014 | 4:38:52 PM
Re: Saving some trees...
It's incredible, isn't it, especially when the doctors are all part of the same vast healthcare organization -- and you still have to complete the same paperwork! It's even more frustrating when you know they'll then take that info and type it into a computer, which already has the data somewhere (probably billing). Add to that the fact that there are plenty of tablet-based software apps already on the market to eliminate alll this paperwork and it gets super frustrating! My ongoing pet peeve is having to write my insurance information on the paper, then seeing the receptionist copy/scan the card into my e-file... Sigh.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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4/18/2014 | 4:35:58 PM
Re: Doctors giving up faxes
No, some practices continue to rely on faxes as the physicians don't want to use the text-based system. However, the CIO hopes that improved efficiency and accuracy translate into improved payments which, as an ACO, means more money for all participants. Perhaps that, coupled with his gameification plan that appeals to doctors' competitive nature, will do the job of reaching 100%.
EricKronthal1
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EricKronthal1,
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4/18/2014 | 1:24:23 PM
Saving some trees...
Paper prescriptions (with scrawled handwriting) also seem to be on the way out - replaced with texting the pharmacy directly. Now if only they'll get rid of the paper healthcare form that patients need to fill out at every visit...
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/14/2014 | 7:11:12 PM
Re: Doctors giving up faxes
>First leeches, now faxes. What's next to go?

Windows XP? Oh, never mind.
RobPreston
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4/14/2014 | 4:31:07 PM
Re: Doctors giving up faxes
First leeches, now faxes. What's next to go?
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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4/14/2014 | 1:20:20 PM
Re: Doctors giving up faxes
It's amazing that it's taken this long for faxes to be eliminated - especially with how common place and simple scanning and emailing is. However this is a much better method than even that and I imagine savings on ink and paper will be huge in large organisations like this. 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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4/14/2014 | 10:39:23 AM
Doctors giving up faxes
Has this organization really eliminated faxes? Probably not 100%, but the vast majority?


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