Windows 8 security for healthcare IT

In the healthcare world, subject to both HIPAA and HITECH regulations, security is critically important. This article dives into the Windows 8 security models and shows how Windows 8 provides strong security for healthcare deployments.
Written by Denise Amrich, Contributor

Now that Windows 8 has been out for a while, we've all come to know both its strengths (it's a pretty solid OS under the hood) and its weaknesses (the missing Start button, for instance).

I've talked before about why I think there might actually be some benefit to the tile UI in a Windows 8 environment, and about why Windows 8 may be the ideal tablet OS for healthcare.

In this article, I'm going to continue our look into Windows 8. Personally, I use Windows 8 on my two machines. Once I installed Start8, I found Windows 8 to be virtually identical (although a little more reliable) than my Windows 7 machines. All my devices work well, all my device drivers, and even all the various pieces of specialized software.

In the healthcare world, subject to both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) regulations, security is critically important. Windows 8 has improved upon some of the previous Windows security models (and vastly improved on the security that exists on old XP machines). The following two segments (one video, one audio) dive into Windows 8 security, especially from a healthcare IT perspective.

This next "video" is audio-only, but very interesting. It's worth spending the six or so minutes to listen in.

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