Windows XP is Losing HIPPA Compliance

Healthcare companies still using Windows XP will no longer be HIPPA compliant as of April 8, 2014.

On this date, Microsoft extended support for XP will end and the company will stop releasing security patches and updates for the operating system. This means that healthcare companies still using Windows XP will be open to trojan viruses, malware, and a host of other security issues. According to Net Applications, which publishes market share statistics for internet technologies (1) as of this posting, about 30% of computers still run Windows XP, which means many companies are at risk for non-compliance. Is yours one of them? 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA is designed to protect the security and portability of electronic protected health information called e-PHI for short. HIPAA’s security rule requires that reasonable and appropriate technical safeguards be in place “guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software.” (2)  Without support from Microsoft, XP will be unguarded and vulnerable to viruses and hacking that could compromise e-PHI.

With only six months left to update their software and avoid non-compliance with HIPPA regulations, healthcare companies need to take action now. Contact your technical support department or local technology company today to make a security plan that will protect your company and its clients.

(1) Net Applications: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11

(2) Security Rule:  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule/index.html HIPAA Security Rule section 164.308(a)(5)(ii)(B)

(3) Summary of HIPPA: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/srsummary.html

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