How to Stay HIPAA Compliant with Windows XP Ending in 16 Days

Microsoft has announced that, as of April 8, 2014, automatic updates and technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available.

The HIPAA Security Rules do not require users of the XP operating system (or any operating system) to prevent all attacks based on inherent defects in those operating systems, but HIPAA does expect that any weaknesses, once identified, will be corrected by using patches released by Microsoft or by some other means.

If a weakness is discovered after Microsoft ends support for XP, and thereafter not corrected, the user would not be meeting the expectations of the HIPAA Security Rules.

What does this mean for your practice?

We suggest that customers migrate as soon as feasible from Windows XP to a supported version of Microsoft Windows that provides regular security updates. Please note that these security updates will assist in ensuring data integrity; relying on anti-virus software and network firewall's alone will not be sufficient.

If a weakness is discovered after Microsoft ends support for XP, and thereafter not corrected, the user would not be meeting the expectations of the HIPAA Security Rules. Accordingly, it is our view that XP users should be prepared to take the following action to remain HIPAA compliant after Microsoft ends its support for XP. Upgrade to a replacement operating system.

If you ’re unsure what all of that means, talk to your Advanced Automation Specialist or call 800.942.4043 to request one.

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