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HSCN: A stepping stone to ‘internet first’ services
Tom Denwood, Executive Director of Data, Insights and Statistics at NHS Digital, explains how the Health and Social Care Network can help us make the transition to ‘internet first’ services while saving the system millions of pounds.
19 February 2020
If your home internet service provider was charging you about 70% more for far less functionality than its competitors, would you switch?
About 40% of the NHS is still operating on the same legacy network (BT N3) procured by the system more than a decade ago. The logic for moving immediately to its replacement, the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), is at least as clear as the hypothetical domestic no-brainer above.
The NHS would be saving about £75 million a year for like-for-like services if everybody was on HSCN now. That’s about half the annual cost of a district general hospital.
On the new network, organisations get access to a competitive market of 20 innovative suppliers. They get better cyber security, opportunities for interoperability with social care, and connections capable of supporting modern public cloud-based services. They also get faster and more reliable services, with 65% opting to buy fibre-based products.