Most hospitals are very aware of the looming January 14, 2020 end of support date for Microsoft Windows 7. With an estimated 70% or more of medical equipment running on a Win7 platform, if left unmitigated, there are potential security vulnerabilities hospitals will need to manage. While your equipment suppliers will be glad to assist, the upgrades that may be required can come at a substantial cost.
If you’re not ready, Microsoft offers an extended security update that can be purchased per machine for up to 3 years. The cost is modest and where feasible, it can buy hospitals time and peace of mind knowing they have addressed this near-term issue.
Don’t feel pressured to address all Win7 replacements at once. Buying time can offset the immediate cost and allow you to plan, budget and implement required Windows upgrades over time. Contact your equipment representative or Microsoft directly for more information and to determine how the extended security update may benefit your organization.