Anderton Akbar & Procter

Replicate Retina Is Ideal Solution For Long-Established Optician Practice

Anderton Akbar & Procter has a long history in Mossley, Tameside, having been established there since 1958.  The busy practice now employs 3 optometrists, 2 dispensing opticians and 2 full-time staff.  As well as providing eye examinations, a range of frames and contact lenses, the practice is an approved diabetic screening centre.

Hundreds of patients undertake diabetic eye examinations each year; both diabetic and non-diabetic patients are examined so that changes can be monitored.  The practice uses a retinal camera to take high definition digital photographs of the back of each eye.  These images are stored and compared each time a patient visits; they are invaluable in early identification of many retinal conditions.

Anderton Akbar & Procter have been using Replicate Retina offsite data backup from 24/7 Uptime since August 2011.  This data backup solution securely backs up all patient retina scans as well as the imaging program files for the Topcon camera system.  The practice also backs up local copies of retina scans generated using Vector software.  This gives peace of mind that they are complying with the Data Protection Act as well as giving the ability to retrieve patient data in the event of technical problems or a site disaster.

Susan Procter explains:

“In the last few years there seems to have been an explosion in the amount of data we need to protect at our practice, particularly in the form of retinal images.  I don’t fully understand the way that computers work and that ignorance could be costly if disaster were to unexpectedly strike a hard drive.  So, knowing that my data is kept safe in two separate locations; knowing it’s backed up daily without me having to remember to do it; and receiving daily automated reports by email is absolutely ideal.”

Ali Akbar adds:

“It is also nice to know that all this help can be provided by a friendly, local company that gives us a cost effective solution!”