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The Paperless Office-Turning the Page on Paper Use
Technology allows us to be more "connected" than ever before, but distributed business functions, remote offices, contract employees and even customers still struggle to access up-to-date documents, to collaborate remotely and to ensure approvals happen in a timely manner. Widespread Internet access and VPN clients aid in document distribution, but they do nothing to reduce the time you spend looking for documents in e-mails, on a server or on the Internet.
Digital signatures were another technological promise meant to remove a lengthy, paper-based step in document management. But the legality of digital signatures varies from state to state, and technology cannot yet meet all requirements. With significant concerns over expense, reliability and confidentiality, the move toward paperless medical records is only now in its infancy.
Physicians, like everyone, still prefer holding paper when reading. Basic human behavior, like whether you are reading this paper in a digital or hardcopy version, continues to strain and hinder the paperless office concept. For years to come people will continue to read print media. Few commuters have "upgraded" from print newspapers, magazines and books to digital alternatives like e-books.