The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the modern fax machine, a device developed by Xerox that became as much a staple of offices worldwide as the coffee machine. But in the last decade its reputation has shifted from that of utter necessity to one of the most loathed pieces of equipment in the building. Supplanted by the combination of email, e-signature services, and scanners, fax machines should have been killed off years ago. And yet they’re still here.
But why? Who, in an era that boasts eyeglasses that record your every move and watches that can display your text messages, is still sending faxes? On paper!
We decided to find out. Meet the culprits, and hear their defense of their crimes.
Doctors: A fax a day keeps the lawsuits away
If you want to start pointing fingers, you can start with your physician. Thanks to the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability