Time to replace the windows XP workstations

HIPAA Security Rule section 164.308(a)(5)(ii)(B) says that you must implement “procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software.”

So what does this mean to the typical practice?

Many practices are still using Windows XP desktop workstations in their offices. Although Microsoft stopped selling XP a long time ago, beginning in spring of 2014, they will no longer support this operating system. What does that mean? It means that they will no longer release important security updates for the operating system. That means that Windows XP may be more vulnerable to viruses, malware, Trojans, etc.

As a HIPAA consultant, it is our job to inform you of this possible security issue. Although the risk can be minimal, it is a risk that must be addressed. Besides, Windows XP was before Windows Vista, which was before Windows 7, which was before Windows 8! It’s old. With today’s EMR’s and certain web based programs, it is important to have a good solid workstation. If you have Windows XP workstations, it’s probably time to replace them.

If you are considering upgrading them, my advise to you is…don’t. A Windows 7 operating system takes up quite a bit of disk space, processing power and memory. If you are going to spend the $150 to upgrade, you may as well replace the workstation. You will be sorry if you upgrade.

Tier3MD is providing a leasing option for you to ease the pain. If you need to replace your entire fleet, this may be the way for you to go. For more information, visit our leasing options, or contact us at 1-855-MYTIER3.