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.