Hannah Martin reports:
Do you remember when the floppy-disk was more than the ‘save’ button in Microsoft Word? Or the goose-bump inducing sound of dial-up internet ringing through your ears?
Technology has come a long way since then.
In a New Zealand hospital today a surgeon can assist a robotic operation; an anxious child can go through a procedure before it happens through a virtual-reality headset – and down the corridor, a doctor will pick up a patient’s sensitive medical information from an antiquated, stuttering fax machine.
Today, the fax machine – or the ‘electric printing telegraph’ as it was patented in 1843 – has all but disappeared, but lives on in our hospitals.
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Given all of the breaches that still occur because of misdirected faxes, I agree it would be better for faxes to be retired from use.