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How faxes and email are slowing the U.S. COVID-19 response

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So many posters claimed Japan is the only outdated country using fax but still very common in America.

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While health-care industry record-keeping is now mostly electronic, cash-strapped state and local health departments still rely heavily on faxes, email and spreadsheets to gather infectious disease data.

You have got to be kidding me? Fax machines? I thought Japan was bad in this regard.

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Palantir, the spooky, highly secretive Silicon Valley software/data mining company co- founded by ultra-libertarian and mega Trump supporter Peter Thiel, has also been given contracts for data projects in the NHS by the UK government.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-administration-turns-to-peter-thiels-palantir-to-track-coronavirus?via=twitter_page

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252482365/Privacy-International-puts-Palantir-in-the-dock-for-NHS-data-analysis-work

https://tech.newstatesman.com/coronavirus/palantir-45-engineers-to-nhs-covid-19-datastore

As if Palantir wasn't dubious enough, with its ties to the CIA, FBI and the American military, the owner's relationship with Trump is extremely disturbing. Not to mention that HHS seems fairly useless.

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But, but, but (ad infinitum) JT "experts" claim that Japan is the ONLY country that use faxes.

Wow; just wow.

Btw, I am in London, in a ultra modern office and "shock horror", we use FAX.

Actually for certain things I have to use a fax.

JT "experts"; who would've thunk it?

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Peter Thiel, the tech billionaire responsible for PayPal, current Facebook board member, and the co-founder of Palantir, is a vocal Conservative and prominent Trump supporter. He was the President's seventh largest campaign donor in 2016 and remains a staunch ally.

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Peeping_TomToday 09:05 am JST

But, but, but (ad infinitum) JT "experts" claim that Japan is the ONLY country that use faxes.

Link, please.

I've never seen anyone on here claim that Japan is the ONLY country in the world that uses fax machines.

I've seen people express shock that a Japanese appliance maker was producing around 50 different models of fax machines a few years ago. But those are two different things.

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I KNOW other countries use faxes; I use one every single day. We've got 6 of them a single office.

Well, hooray for you. You can have a faxxing party.

Why claim that ALL commenters on JT say that ONLY Japan uses fax machines, when it's obviously not true?

Not trying to push a stereotype to promote an agenda, are we?

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Any company using 6 faxes in a single office has got massive room for economies of scale!

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There is no ‘slowing of a response’ the virus is almost everywhere.

Using a fax or a pc doesn’t change that.

What does change it is wearing a mask, distancing, and personal hygiene.

The poorest cities in the US with minority populations are seeing the highest spikes.

No amount of tech will solve that , will it?

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is now mostly electronic, cash-strapped state and local health departments still rely heavily on faxes, email and spreadsheets to gather infectious disease data and share it with federal authorities.

actually, this is a pretty strange articles.

faxes, email and spreadsheets are bad?

Then we get Emails exchanged between Nevada officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March and early April, obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request, lay bare disease-reporting bottlenecks indicating that Emails are good.

What is the alternative to electronic communication, faxes and spread sheets. letters, telegrams, or carriers pigeons?

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"Any company using 6 faxes in a single office has got massive room for economies of scale!"

"Unfortunately" I don't work in a garage.

"Law firms and related businesses are still using fax to send and receive documents. It’s faster and more secure than other communication methods, and most importantly faxed documents are considered to be legal and can be used in courts as evidence"

"https://www.fax.plus/blog/benefits-of-online-faxing-for-law-firms-lawyers/"

A fax is Legally binding, that's why we use them.

It's widely used in Hospitals and Materials Management; I suspect some prosies use them too.

Of course, JT "experts" hail from countries where there are no Solicitors...; or prosies.

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Bet Trump don't even know how to send a fax, just twitter.

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Prosies? Ladies/gents of the night?

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Bet Trump don't even know how to send a fax, just twitter

Most Americans don’t know how to use a Fax these days, lol.

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France has given up fax and even the Minitel ...

Hard to believe anyone uses fax in 2020

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I haven't used a fax for ages either. I just scan any documents into a pdf file and send it by email or a secure chat app. If need be, the pdf files can be password protected.

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Basically says no centralized reporting system hampers the response efforts

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