As of January 14th 2020, Windows 7 will be coming to an end, meaning Microsoft will no longer be supporting the operating system. Any devices that run on Windows 7 after this date will not be offered any security updates, leaving those users vulnerable to malicious attacks and data breaches.
With this in mind, it is a major concern as to why 76% of 1.37 million devices within the NHS are still running on Windows 7.
Former Department of Health and Social Care minister Jackie Doyle-Price revealed earlier this year during a parliamentary question, that out of the 1.37 million PCs being used in the NHS, 76% of these devices still run Windows 7. The NHS is clearly under a lot of pressure, which undoubtedly limits its access to cutting-edge technology. However, this revelation left many questioning if this was one corner which should not be cut, considering that it is responsible for an abundance of sensitive patient data for the majority of the UK.
It is incredibly important for the healthcare industry to keep their IT infrastructures up to date in order to protect themselves and their patients data against security breaches or threats.
Chris Mountford, account director and head of public sector at Stone Group, has highlighted the critical importance of NHS providers updating their software to Windows 10, and how the healthcare sector can balance their books in a time when funding is minimal.
Read what Chris has to say here: Why updated software remains critical to the NHS