HIPAA Compliance and Windows XP
On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will end security updates for Windows XP.
What does this mean for your medical practice?
According to Microsoft:
“Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.”
Replacing any outdated systems needs to be given priority, as the end of support is less than two months away.
This deadline not only applies to medical offices, but also government and other businesses that need to follow security regulations. The increased demand to satisfy this large need for replacement systems could lead to DELAYS in shipments of several weeks (if not longer).
What can be done?
- Discover if any of your office computers are still running Windows XP.
- Assess if you will upgrade those computers or if replacing them is a better option – if a computer is running Windows XP, it is very likely due to be replaced as slow computers lead to slow patient flow in your practice.
- Plan how you will handle this change in your office without affecting daily operations or loss of data.
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