Have you gotten off Windows 7?
Eleven years ago, we witnessed the debut of Windows 7, and now it has finally reached its end of life. The operating system will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft, and it's time to say a fond farewell and upgrade to Windows 10. So, where are the healthcare providers during this journey? The system migration is an extremely complex situation where it is not about just upgrading the operating system. A typical health system between $2-$10B gross revenue has approximately 600-1000+ applications in their portfolio. The upgrade of the operating system is the easy part. The main challenges are the following two reasons:
1 - Testing is a very long process for organizations with a resource constraint.
2 - Healthcare enterprise applications, along with medical devices are built on a legacy platform that may not support windows 10.
The majority of healthcare provider CIOs are working diligently on modernizing the operating system at their organizations. Here is where some of them stand currently.
"Migrating towards Windows 10 is in progress" - CIO, Top 4 Healthsystem ranked by US News.
"We expect the Windows 10 migration to be completed by the end of February 2020" - CIO, regional hospital system.
"Windows 10 migration ETA is July 2020" - CIO, Leading cancer hospital.
"We have not migrated to Windows 10 yet. It is in progress" - Regional CIO, Large IDN.
"We are a little behind on getting off Windows 7" - CIO, regional hospital system.
"80% there on Windows 10" - CIO, regional hospital system.
"We are mostly Windows 10" - CIO, Academic Medical Center.
"Moved our VDI environment to Windows 10 and we are still working on the desktop" - CIO, regional hospital system.