CMS: Providers Should Get Rid of Fax Machines by 2020

Federal health officials announced their goal this week to eliminate fax machines from physician offices by 2020.

In a speech Monday at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) Interoperability Forum, held in Washington, DC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said that healthcare is stuck in a 1990s time warp and noted that it’s possible to keep patient data secure while sharing it with them. In order to reach the goal of making physician offices fax machine-free by 2020, Verma challenged developers to build consumer-friendly applications connecting Medicare beneficiaries to their claims data, Healthcare Finance reported.

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