On January 14th, 2020, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will leave extended support. This will result in several things.

  1. Any machine running these operating systems will no longer receive vital security patches and updates. Any new virus or exploit that is discovered may not be patched, leaving the system vulnerable to hackers, malware, and ransomware.
  2. Many third-party line-of-business applications may stop supporting the operating systems, meaning new updates to the software will not be available for Windows 7 computers.
  3. Without proper security updates, any machine running outdated operating systems will no longer be HIPAA-compliant due to their increased vulnerability to breach.

Any healthcare practice still relying on these network-connected machines needs to immediately plan for their replacement. If that plan is not already in place with your IT provider, schedule a meeting today! Windows 7 workstations and Windows Server 2008 servers will no longer be HIPAA compliant and will make your practice vulnerable to ransomware. Knowing about the problem and not addressing it is grounds for a HIPAA fine should a breach occur. Contact your IT provider or Healthcare Technology Advisors today to discuss updating and safeguarding your practice.