Education session

Education session

'Cybersecurity: understanding your risk' will be the topic of DNS’s 2020 education session from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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
  • stress
  • 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.

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Speakers bios

Dennis Desai

Dr. Desai is passionate about privacy and health informatics. He holds several designations, including certified professional in health care information and management systems - Canada, certified information privacy professional - Canada, certified information privacy technologist, and certified professional in health care information and management systems - Canada. 

Cyndi Elliott

Ms. Elliott is responsible for support, logistics and implementation of solutions for team-based health-care practices. She has a masters certificate in health care management and over 15 years’ experience in health care practice management and operations, including in practice settings, clinical research environments, and with CMPA and Saegis.


Melissa Murray
Communications coordinator
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