A report reveals worrying observation about NHS being the most considerable buyer of fax machines in the world. In the era where modern technology facilitates wonderfully, you must be expecting National health services to be updated with the latest technology. But the reverse is happening. NHS holds an imprudent title on encoding a firm position as a world most significant fax machine buyer. The title perceives the backward state of NHS in term of technology in the 21st century.
DeepMind Health researchers commisioned a review saying, “The digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS, which, in 2017, still retains the dubious title of being the world’s largest purchaser of fax machines [and] many records are insecure paper-based systems which are unwieldy and difficult to use.”
The report strikes how clinicians are being persuaded to produce their technical fixes that include the use of apps such as Snapchat to send the scans of the sensitive patient to another clinician or to record the detail information of the particular patient.
Dr Julian Huppert a former Liberal Democrat now a science policy adviser at Cambridge University who chaired the report in his advisory tone states “It is difficult to criticise these individuals, given that this makes their job possible. However, this is an insecure, risky, and non-auditable way of operating, and cannot continue.”
The report also reveals that 160 different IT system is operated in the organisation of NHS trusts and digital solutions are laid on ageing and inadequate skilled computer systems.
It’s now high time we should leave fax machine behind as they are no more just archaic but anarchic. Also, there is need to improve the data security standards to improve the entirety of National health services.