Microsoft Discontinues Windows 7 Support

It may be time to
upgrade your computers...

              On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ended all support for Windows 7 OS. This creates a few issues for TheraOffice clients. The first issue is there will be no guarantees that TheraOffice will continue to work with Windows 7, and more importantly, your clinic would have software (Windows 7) on their network that would not be in compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. As a result, we strongly recommend upgrading any computers currently running on Windows 7 to Windows 10.

              The HIPAA Security Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.308 (a)(5)(ii)(B) requires that all software used by Covered Entities and Business Associates be kept current and up to date with security updates from their software vendor.

HIPAA Security Rule

45 CFR § 164.308 – Administrative safeguards

(i) Standard: Security awareness and training. Implement a security awareness and training program for all members of its workforce (including management).

(ii) Implementation specifications. Implement:

(A) Security reminders (Addressable). Periodic security updates.

(B) Protection from malicious software (Addressable). Procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software.

(C) Log-in monitoring (Addressable). Procedures for monitoring log-in attempts and reporting discrepancies.

(D) Password management (Addressable). Procedures for creating, changing, and safeguarding passwords.

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