Warning! Windows XP No Longer Compliant
As of April 8, 2014 any computer still using the Windows XP operating system (which debuted in 2001) will no longer be HIPAA compliant.
Microsoft has stopped releasing security patches for Windows XP. As explained by Tim Rains at the Microsoft Security Blog, “any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its ‘end of life’ will not be addressed.” For this reason, computers running Windows XP will be vulnerable to viruses, hackers, and security breaches.
If you’re still running Windows XP in your office, you are well past due to upgrade to a newer operating system. If your hardware doesn’t have the capacity for an upgrade, it’s time to replace the computer. Be sure to dispose of your old computers properly, to protect any data still on the hard drives.