Physicians, providers and support staff are at risk as hackers are preying on human vulnerabilities to steal information to sell on the black market (or dark web). They target health care because patient information is more valuable than credit card information.
Leading experts agree that it’s not if a physician will face a security breach, it’s when. Don’t assume that using an electronic medical record (EMR) on a secure vendor site will protect a clinic from a privacy breach or cyberattack. Breaches can happen for many reasons unrelated to an EMR.
The fallout from a breach extends far beyond just the financial loss of paying the ransom. Victims of breaches face:
- damaged reputations
- practice closures, because hackers shut down systems leaving no way to access information
- medico-legal action
- patient safety is compromised
Keynote and workshop
The session will kick off with a wide-ranging discussion of the many cyber threats physicians should be concerned about so they understand where they may be vulnerable. This keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Dennis R. Desai, senior physician advisor, quality improvement and e-health with the Canadian Medical Protective Agency (CMPA).
Doctors Nova Scotia is seeking accreditation via Dalhousie University’s Continuing Professional Development Program for two-hours of CME credits.
Plan to attend the session by webinar. Register now