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Five minutes with . . . Richard Corbridge

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 31 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5431
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The chief digital and information officer with Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust explains how to “Axe the Fax”

“Our ‘Axe the Fax’ campaign started as a tongue in cheek idea one Friday afternoon in April as part of our digital hospital programme. How could we identify and create a list of all the fax machines in the trust and then run a clinically driven programme of work to find solutions to replace them?

“We are so clear in our information governance principles, but we allow fax machines to sit unattended on wards or in other clinical areas receiving patient identifiable information, sometimes with no clear idea of who may have access to the faxes.

“And fax machines are old …

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