Computer Information

Important information about computer requirements:  

The privacy and security of the protected health information (PHI) governed by federal HIPAA law and monitored by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), is of critical importance to the entire OU Health Sciences Center community. What this means for you:  All laptop computers used for university related activities, including academic course work, testing, classroom notes, HSC email, and clinical or research activities MUST complete a device security clinic prior to their use with any HSC resources.

The device security clinic is in the David L. Boren Student Union and will provide, at no cost to you, encryption, anti-virus, and other security tools needed to protect your devices and the data they may contain.  Dates for the device security clinic will be provided to you by your program/College.

 

Recommended Laptops: 

The University strongly recommends the purchase of a new laptop computer, if possible, or the use of an existing computer no more than 1-2 years old in order to have the best possible experience with the required security tools and your academic, clinical, or research activities. Please check with HSC Office of Financial Aid about the applicability of available financial aid funds for a computer purchase.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your laptop is compatible with the required security tools in order to participate in your program’s curriculum.

The following laptop specifications are strongly recommended by OUHSC Information Technology:

Platform*

MacOS

Microsoft Windows

Operating System

Minimum OS: MacOS 10.11 el Capitan

[standard, no additional cost on Macs]

Minimum OS: Windows 10 Education (not Home) edition [available through our license at no additional cost to enrolled students]

Specifications

  • i5 or i7 Intel™ Processor
  • 13-inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM or greater
  • Minimum 250GB SSD Hard Drive

 

 

Note:  Video memory and Wireless are standard on MacOS

  • Business-class (such as the Dell Latitude Series)
  • i5 or i7 Intel™ Processor (avoid the “M” processor)
  • 13-15 inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM or greater
  • Minimum 250GB SSD Hard Drive
  • 256MB Video Memory
  • 802.11b/g Wireless

Recommended Example Laptop

Apple MacBook Pro

  • Either older 2.7GHz processor, or newer 2.0GHz processor “space gray” models; TouchBar models are not recommended
  • Minimum 13-inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Minimum 250GB SSD Hard Drive

Purchase at educational discount at http://apple.com/edu/ouhsc

Dell Latitude 5480

  • Windows 10 Education (available at no additional cost to enrolled students at https://it.ouhsc.edu/studentservices/)
  • Minimum 13-inch display
  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • Minimum 250GB SSD Hard Drive

Purchase at educational discount at

http://dell.com/dellu/ouhsc

Protecting your investment

Consider protective device such as cases, skins, keyboard covers; always carry your laptop in a protective bag or backpack.

 

Manufactures offer 1 year warranties against mechanical failure, but accidental damage (very common: spills, dropped, cracked screen, etc.) are not covered without an additional warranty the specifically covers this cost. Consider an extended warranty from either Dell (Windows) or 3rd-party providers like SafeWare.

*Note: The OUHSC security suite is only supported on MacOS and certain versions of Windows OS computers; it cannot be used on Linux or other operating systems.

QUESTIONS? Please contact the IT Service Desk at 405.271.2203 (888.435.7486) or servicedesk@ouhsc.edu with questions or requests for additional information.

 

SOFTWARE

Students MUST have the following software:

1. Microsoft Office (2011, 2013 or 2016),* which includes the following programs: 

  • MS Word for word processing
  • MS Excel for spreadsheets
  • MS PowerPoint for presentations

2. Antivirus software**

3. Mozilla Firefox

4. Adobe Acrobat Reader

5. VLC Media Player

6. Respondus LockDown Browser for online exams.

* MS Office is available FREE OF CHARGE to current OUHSC students. It can be obtained from: https://it.ouhsc.edu/mssoftware/

** If you do not have an antivirus program, the University has licensed copies of McAfee Virus Scan available for download from it.ouhsc.edu (requires an OUHSC computer account).

If you have any questions please email Nursing-ITStaff@ouhsc.edu.

 

Device Encryption

Portable devices used for University business must be encrypted to protect data from unauthorized disclosure if the device is lost or stolen.  Portable devices will need to be encrypted by OUHSC IT.  The device security clinic is in the David L. Boren Student Union and will provide, at no cost to you, encryption, anti-virus, and other security tools needed to protect your devices and the data they may contain.  Dates for the device security clinic will be provided to you by your program/College.

For help with device encryption please contact 405-271-2203. 

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