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Microsoft ends service for Windows7/Server 2008:
HIPAA Compliance Requirements to Keep in Mind.
 
 
IT headaches burden dental practices with increasing frequency. If you are running your practice management system on Windows 7, the next headache is a big one.


 
 


Microsoft has announced that it will end service for Windows 7 / Server2008 on January 14, 2020. That means that healthcare organizations that rely on Windows 7 to run their business will need to migrate to Windows 10 / Server 2016 in order to maintain the security of the sensitive health care data they handle. Windows 10 / Server 2016 HIPAA compliance will become more important than ever before now that Microsoft has announced this major shift.


The days of configuring Windows 7/Server2008 to be HIPAA compliant will no longer serve businesses working in health care. Once the end-of-service date hits, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates to Windows 7/Server 2008–meaning that any potential security vulnerabilities can and will be exploited by hackers to access sensitive health care data.


By failing to update your computer systems once Windows 7/Server 2008 goes out of service, health care professionals run the risk of creating major compatibility issues, delays in scheduling software, data loss, and costly data breaches resulting from security vulnerabilities, even fines.


Why does this matter to you? After all, your server will still run on January 15th. But all of your business and patient data will be vulnerable to breach, malware, corruption, or deletion. Any of this could shut your practice down.


In addition to these serious security risks, there are technical issues you need to address. If you are a health care professional already working with an IT service or MSP (managed ervice provider), your first step is to contact them and work on a plan to update your systems to Windows 10/Server 2016 with minimal interruption to your practice. HIPAA compliance security requirements can be handled by your IT provider or MSP, and doing this kind of update should be well within their scope.


Don’t procrastinate. This is an important issue, and we want you to have ample time to make an educated decision.

  • Contact your IT or MSP and create a plan
  • Back up all your data
  • Update and test a machine to identify any compatibility issues
  • Test again before scheduling the complete migrations to Windows 10


If you have questions, our support team is ready to help you.


 
 
 
 
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