Microsoft Ceases Support of the Windows XP Operating System
April 24, 2014 04:27 PM
Earlier this month, April 8, 2014, Microsoft discontinued all support for its Windows XP operating system. Microsoft’s cessation of support has implications for home health and hospice agencies that are still using the Windows XP platform, particularly as it relates to HIPAA compliance and security compliance as agencies migrate data off of Windows XP to a more modern platform.
According to a Microsoft representative, home health and hospice agencies, “should consult with their legal and privacy compliance advisers for an opinion. There are plenty of independent articles on the web opining on compliance and XP EOL.”
Agencies that continue to use unsupported the Windows XP platform may find that they will become more vulnerable to computer viruses, and that their data may no longer be HIPAA compliant.
For more information on Microsoft discontinuing support of its Windows XP platform, potential security risks, and how to migrate off of Windows XP to a supported platform, please click here.