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Fax machines: NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ technology with thousands still in use

Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows.

Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed.

The poll, by the Royal College of Surgeons using freedom of information laws, revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across England.

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust topped the list, relying on 603 machines.

“Alongside innovation like artificial intelligence and robot-assisted surgery, NHS hospital trusts remain stubbornly attached to using archaic fax machines for a significant proportion of their communications. This is ludicrous,” said Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery.

Read more at BBC Health.

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