in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer
The death of Windows 7 is on the horizon
As with all operating systems (OS), when a new one arrives, the old OS continues to be supported for a period of time.

Supported means a few things:

  1. It still works
  2. Updates (security patches) are still published
  3. The OS is considered usable by HIPAA standards.
As a quick aside, if you are still running Windows 98, that is not supported anymore and is considered a HIPAA violation to use.

Windows 98 Still Work Fine

Sure it does.
Win 98 was a great operating system and there are reasonable situations where one can still use Win 98. Any medical business is not one of those reasonable situations.

When you hear in the news of big virus outbreaks in Windows these days, most of the time it is on old Win 98 systems.
Since there are no longer security updates, hackers can attack known issues with ease.

January 14, 2020 is the Win 7 end of life (EOL).

That’s going to come quick.

Especially considering how most of you will delay your annual security risk assessment until the end of 2019.

You will be getting busy with that in Nov/Dec.

Now this.
The point?

Get your IT folks on this now.

Things to take into consideration:

  • Will Win 10 run on your current hardware?
  • Is your EHR Win 10 compatible?
  • How many copies of Win 10 will you need?
  • How many replacement computers will you need?
  • If you don’t have a policy in place for removing computers from inventory, it is time to get one
Don’t forget, you need to have a policy and procedure in place for management of operating systems, patching them and keeping them up-to-date.

What’s that? You don’t want to create this policy from scratch?

No problem, we’ve already created it for you.

Go check out our HIPAA Policy Library now.

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