What do HIPAA and Windows XP mean for your medical office?

Microsoft phased out support for Windows XP during the first week of April 2014.  Even though XP has been around for over 12 years, a high percentage of computers still run the operating system.

HIPAA requires a current and updated operating system, which is a standard Windows XP no longer meets.  This requirement means that Windows XP computers can no longer be connected to your network and cannot hold any patient data.

These computers must be replaced with Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers.  Upgrading to a new operating system can also require other software and equipment to be updated.

Upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 does have benefits, such as data encryption, stability and security, all of which will help with the function of your office.