In the digital age, it’s no secret that businesses are moving away from paper-based processes and towards digital solutions wherever possible. The healthcare industry is no exception, as digitized healthcare communication offers a number of advantages over traditional methods. One area where this is particularly apparent is in the realm of faxing. In this blog post, we will discuss what digital faxing is, why more and more healthcare organizations are moving to it, and include real-world examples of how Fenestrae’s Faxination solutions were able to produce great results for two healthcare organizations.
The Digital Revolution in Healthcare
The healthcare industry is in the midst of a digital revolution. As with all industries, paper is becoming increasingly inefficient, and the advantages of digitized communications have never been more apparent. Though faxing connotes an outdated technology to many, market research indicates that faxing services are forecasted to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11%, suggesting that fax isn’t going away any time soon. And with the digitization of fax comes new opportunities for healthcare organizations to improve their processes and workflows. So, what exactly is digital faxing and how can it help healthcare organizations?
Digital faxing, or the electronic transmission of fax, eliminates the need for fax server hardware and paper-based processes. This results in a number of advantages including the ability to send faxes from a standard desktop or email application, and allows for the seamless integration of platforms commonly used by healthcare organizations. The healthcare industry can enjoy tremendous benefits from faxing technology as it provides a HIPAA-compliant way to send PHI (protected health information). HIPAA compliance is essential for any healthcare organization handling sensitive patient data, and digital faxing ensures that all information is transmitted securely with standard applications.
Examples of Overcoming the the Digital Divide in Healthcare
Though the advantages of digital faxing are clear, there are organizations that have been hesitant to make the switch from traditional faxing methods. Whether it is due to the so-called digital divide or the cost of new technology, some organizations have been slow to digitize their faxing processes. When healthcare organizations do make the switch, however, the results are often impressive for their bottom line.
Take for example, a hospital has 800 beds and 5500 employees and focuses on providing exceptional patient care. However, by using an obsolete process of sending the lab results through the postal service, sharing patient information between providers proved to be inefficient and duly time consuming. In essence, the challenge here was to replace the paper-based transmission of information, and move to the digital transfer of medical records. Fenestrae’s Faxination integration effectively digitized these processes while ensuring patient privacy at all times.
Another real-world example of digital faxing in healthcare comes from one of the largest healthcare organizations in the Netherlands with over 6,000 employees and 29 different areas of expertise. Communication between facilities, labs, pharmacies, and other providers resulted in enormous paper trails of confidential health data, which was detrimental to compliance. By seeking a partner like Fenestrae who could digitize these communications, paper-based workflows were effectively replaced with an automated system. Further, Fenestrae was able to digitize data and integrate the new server software with existing applications. This meant significant cost savings and greater efficiency for the organization, while strengthening compliance with regulatory requirements. Now, this healthcare organization is enabled to thrive in a fully integrated environment.
Bring Your Digital Healthcare Ecosystem to Life With Fenestrae’s Faxination
Faxination is the perfect solution for healthcare facilities looking to digitize paper-based faxing communication. The secure and easy transfer of private health information is enabled through Faxination, leading to greater efficiency and reduced costs. More and more healthcare organizations are embracing the digital method of faxing through Faxination in order to improve their bottom line, and with Faxination it has never been easier. Contact Fenestrae today to learn more about how your organization can benefit from digital faxing with Faxination.