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    Why ophthalmologists are easy prey for cybercriminals


    What’s the bottom line?

    For years, cyber security experts have been saying that there are two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those who don't know they have been hacked.

    It may not have held true for medical practices but that seems to be changing quickly and if medical practices aren’t prepared, the result could be disastrous. Dr. Beyah advises, “It will happen at some point; we won't have a choice. We will see something much worse than what we saw in November.”

    While some practices are still resisting practice medicine in the computer age, we now have to also pay to price for practicing medicine in the Internet Age.

    In the coming months, at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting, webinars, roundtables and on our website, we will explore the vulnerabilities of legacy equipment, older practices and dated policies and procedures and compare them to what top medical, corporate and military IT experts advise.

    The good news is that medicine has long since known the best answer: an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.



    Sidd Chopra is systems developer with over 30 years of experience building critical systems and performing IT security audits for state, federal, military and corporate entities. He is the founder of Analytrix, LLC, which has provided IT services and training for medical practices for over 20 years. He has a degree in computer science with a concentration in mathematics and cryptography.

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