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Update to a newer Windows operating system before it’s too late!
Microsoft has continuously warned us about the end of support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. Microsoft will no longer release security patches or updates for Windows XP making it non-compliant with HIPAA/HITECH. Unsupported systems are insecure and protected health information (PHI) shouldn’t reside on machines running XP. Plus, if you aren’t HIPAA compliant your at risk of not meeting meaningful use security requirements. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has repeatedly stated that unsupported systems aren’t HIPAA compliant. So why would you want to continue to use Windows XP?
Migrating Away From Windows XP Can Take Time and Money
Unfortunately, migrating away from Windows XP isn’t always simple. For small businesses, new technology can be expensive.
Other Steps To Take
A risk analysis and risk management is required at least once prior to the beginning of the electronic health record (EHR) reporting period. There a variety of ways to perform one. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) recommends the following steps be taken:
As you can see, migrating from Windows XP to an updated operating system isn’t always easy and can take time. You must prepare your healthcare organization now for the end of support for Windows XP or you may miss the deadline on April 8th, 2014.
Looking to migrate away from Windows XP? Veltec Networks | IT Services In San Jose will help you select and implement the best operating system for your healthcare organization to ensure HIPAA compliance. Call (408) 809-0774 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.