NHS
NHS Remains Full Analogue in Nearly 90% of Trusts

A series of Freedom of Information requests logged with our national NHS trusts show that the health providers remain a very, very long way away from being anything like paperless in their communications methods, with just 12 per cent of trusts offering a full digital internal communications dream. Read More >>

health
NHS Told to Embrace Modern Tech Solution “Email” to Directly Message Patients

The innovative new communications protocol of email should be used as the default option within the NHS, says health secretary Matt Hancock, in news that should really have come via a fax machine regional bulletin from 1996. Read More >>

health
Futuristic “Fax” Technology to be Banned from the NHS by 2020

It's funny to remember every once in a while that the NHS does indeed force its staff to battle with fax machines on a daily basis, but that could soon be coming to an end. The government has yielded to doctor-led pressure group Axe the Fax and has decided to outlaw the purchasing of fax technology within the NHS from next year, with the aim of getting rid of the ancient hard messaging system completely by 2020. Read More >>

NHS
Yes, the NHS Really is Massively Keen on Everyone Faxing Everyone

Odd old stories we assumed were lies have been proven true by a series of Freedom of Information requests, which have found that the NHS really is heavily reliant on antiquated old fax machines to transmit written messages between hospitals. Read More >>

history
The Surpisingly Old Origins of the Fax Machine

Today, we mostly think of the fax machine as an outdated piece of technology. While there are still some uses for it in an office-setting, technological advances are sending the fax machines to the same pasture as pagers, land-line telephones, and disposable cameras. Even if this is the last we hear of the beeps and bloops that echo as an incoming fax is transmitted, the fax machine had a very long life – an amazing 171 years to be exact. Yes, the fax machine was invented in 1843, before the Model-T was even a dream – even before the telephone was invented. Read More >>

patents
Watch Out: Insane Patent Trolls Now Chasing Individual Scanner Users

An incredible bit of patent abuse has been uncovered in the US, where a series of companies are trying to claim a patent on the act of scanning docs and emailing them -- and is asking for $1,000 per employee to overlook this apparent offence. Read More >>

business
40 Per Cent of UK Small Business Workers Use Fax Machines “Daily”

We're not all cyber-warriors with goggles on our heads and USB sockets running down our spines, as a staggering 40 per cent of UK small business employees spend their days battling good old analogue fax machines and their retro "paper." Read More >>