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    Banning fax machines in NHS. Hurray!

    It may come to your surprise, but first experimental fax machine was invented and patented by Alexander Bain in 1842 who used paper sensitive to electricity to transmit information at distance with success. A modern fax machine became commercialised in 1960s when Xeron Corporation introduced ‘modern’ type of fax machine. Ban on purchasing new fax machines by NHS was announced in December 2018 by Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock. Additionally, an order is in place to phase out use of fax machines in NHS by April 2020. The Telegraph reported that more than 8000 fax machines are still used in NHS hospital trusts and NHS is world’s biggest…