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The Health and Social Care Network comes to South East London

Date: 31 October 2018

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations. It enables flexible, efficient, reliable information sharing and mobile working.

N3, the existing network across the NHS, was designed over a decade ago and is a single supplier network with access to a few national applications managed centrally with British Telecom.

With the HSCN line, clinicians can make notes while with patients in any setting be it community, residential or office. And crucially they will be able to upload patient care information which can be immediately available to other providers.

This will be a massive enhancement to more mobile and remote working, more shared online system access, more regional collaboration, more ‘joined-up’ thinking and less ‘silo’ mentality.

The HSCN installation contract for South East London (SEL) has been awarded to Exponential-e. Our N3 contract expired in March 2017 and has been replaced with transitional arrangements with the N3 provider, BT.

What does this mean for primary care practices in our area?

We will be implementing a new fibre based internet connection to GP practices. It will allow them to take advantage of the new applications becoming available and to help with maintaining cyber security standards.

A number of practices have been identified as a priority for migration across each CCG and we are looking at the potential for sharing lines in multi-tenanted buildings.

Next steps

Site surveys are underway and migration dates and times will be confirmed. As part of the planning we are working with practices to ensure that risk assessments and user acceptance testing are factored into the migration.

Case study

A number of migrations to HSCN are already in progress outside of London. A case in point is the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in the Isle of Wight. The hospice was among the first organisations to connect to the HSCN.

Read more about the move from N3 to HSCN on the NHS Digital site.

  • Summary:

    The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations. It enables flexible, efficient, reliable information sharing and mobile working.

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