Ophthalmic practices may not be able to predict the next calamity to strike, but they can prepare for them. Here are some resources to assist in developing emergency and cyber security preparedness for your practice.
Viruses, malware and hackers pose a threat to patients and physician practices. The Academy has curated resources and has tips for physicians and health care staff to protect patient health records and other data from cyberattacks. The HIPAA Security Rule requires practices to conduct a security risk analysis and mediate any identified risks.
Anti-virus protection is important to protecting your practice’s data. The Academy has curated a list of trusted products below.
Important: Do NOT install multiple anti-virus products. Most products (like Windows Defender) will stop running when another product is installed. Others may still run but will slow down the system and reduce the effectiveness of each anti-virus product.
The Academy has identified a few free cybersecurity training options below.
Ophthalmology Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC)
The AMA has also developed tips and advice on protecting your computers and network to keep your patient health records and other data safe from cyberattacks.
Download and share with your staff and IT:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities Security Awareness for Soft Targets and Crowded Places (PDF)
Public & Patients
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