Review of Optometric Business: Why You May Need to Upgrade Your Computer Operating System to Remain HIPAA-Compliant

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As of Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7, and this could affect your practice, if you have computers still using Windows 7. Here is why an operating system update impacts HIPAA security, and other vital practice functions, and what to do about it. he HIPAA Security Rule requires that all Covered Entities must perform “periodic security updates” and have “procedures for guarding against, detecting and reporting malicious software” (see HIPAA Security Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.308 (a)(5)). If the software vendor no longer supports the software, that type of compliance will not be possible, as according to the Microsoft website. Read More