If your healthcare practice runs any computers with Windows XP, you will face considerably increased risk of data breaches and HIPAA violations in less than 24 hours. Beginning April 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches / updates for Windows XP, which is expected to magnify the operating system’s vulnerabilities to malware and hacking. If unsure of their systems’ status, firms are advised to disconnect any affected computers from networks at this time, until steps are taken to ensure compliance.
For assistance in determining their proper course of action in these situations, firms often use IT & Operations Consulting Services.
Threats from using outdated operating systems must be factored in and resolved with your company’s annual Meaningful Use Risk Analysis.
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