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Windows 7 End of Life Update: Are You Still HIPAA Compliant?

September 30th, 2019 by admin

HIPAA displayed on tablet along with doctors equipment

There are still many businesses that continue to operate on the Windows 7 platform, as it has been the most widely used operating system in the world. However, Windows 7 is quickly approaching its end of life due to the latest rollout of Windows 10, there will be a cessation of updates and security patches for Windows 7 beginning January 2020. Health care organizations that require HIPAA certification will no longer be compliant if they are still utilizing the Windows 7 operating system.

Businesses that are operating on Windows 7 will no longer be HIPAA compliant after January 14, 2020. In addition to the lack of compliance, your business will also be more vulnerable to cyber threats, viruses, and breaches. Failure to upgrade will also create major compatibility issues for newer technology, cause delays with scheduling due to outdated software, and will significantly increase the chances of severe data loss or ransomware. In addition to the security risks, there will also be a myriad of technical problems that will likely develop within the months following the date-of-life date. There is still time to upgrade your systems to avoid interruption.

First, look through our guide on preparing your business for Windows 7 end-of-life. There you will find ways to upgrade your systems along with everything you need to know. Also, if you are a healthcare professional with an IT provider or MSP, they should have already started the process of upgrading; if not, it is imperative to contact them about performing the migration to Windows 10. At ATS Communications, we will perform the migration over to Windows 10 with minimal downtime, typically ranging from only 45 minutes to an hour. Plus, we offer superior managed IT solutions such as 24/7 system monitoring and maintenance, so your entire IT infrastructure stays safe and away from current cyber threats.

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