Killing the Fax Machine
Whoever thought faxing died ages ago is wrong. In the world of modern technology, faxing is still so much alive. Many people are still using the old school machine. Below listed are the culprits behind the existence of fax.
*Doctors and the healthcare industry
Faxing, specifically online faxing, has been a controversial issue with the healthcare industry due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). It has been a constant debate for doctors on either using the traditional way of sending health records to patients through fax or adopting electronic health records (EHR) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems. In which case many has opted to choose the former because of security purposes.
In this day and age, sales pitching becomes more efficient when being faxed instead of email. According to some publicists, sending hard copies are more effective comparing to browsing through hundreds of emails. Worst, some of their emails get spammed.
*Law firms and the judiciary
Even in the advent of modern technology, the judicial system still prefer faxing and traditional mail compared to email attachments. It is still a requirement for lawyers to submit cases on paper to clerks of court.
*Fax still popular in Japan and other places
Many people are still hooked with the machine. In Japan specifically, fax machines are still being used for sending important documents, even party invitations. Compared to email, documents being mailed or faxed can be signed. Another reason for some people to still use the bulky fax machine is that there is always a working phone line with fax while there are places with low or no internet connection to check your email.
A Way to Kill the Machine
Everything is on the go nowadays and most people are hooked on smartphones and tablets. the easy way to kill the machine and not faxing per se is to move to online faxing. No need to maintain bulky fax machines. No need to waste money on paper and ink. No more paper jams. Online faxing is the answer to convenient and easy faxing without the hassle.
Still not convinced? Take a look at this video.