in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

It is part of growth, it is a part of moving forward.  When older versions of software are no longer supported by their vendor, they automatically become a HIPAA security risk you need to stay away from.

In this case, Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 are no longer being supported by Microsoft.

This means, those versions no longer receive security patches, fixes, updates, and this is why they are no longer HIPAA compliant.

Chances are good you are not using 8 or 9, but you could still be on IE 10.
This is possible as EHR vendors tend to be slow to update things and may have you “frozen” on this earlier version.

What should you do?

First figure out what version you are on.

To do this open IT.what-version-of-ie

Click Help / About Internet Explorer

The next window will show you what version you are using.

If you are using IE 11, great.

If not, you need to confirm with your EHR vendor that it is OK to update to IE 11.

ie-version-11

Good luck and make sure this (using the most up-to-date version of software) is one of the HIPAA policies you have in place.

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