Some of our APIs are available on the internet but not directly on HSCN. This is generally the case for our newer APIs.
To see if a particular API is an internet-only API, read its API specification in our API catalogue.
Accessing internet-only APIs from HSCN
All HSCN connections can include internet access, so it should be possible to access internet-only APIs from an HSCN connection.
You can choose exactly how your HSCN connection provides internet access. There are generally two options:
If you are having problems accessing the internet from your HSCN connection, see HSCN internet access issues guidance.
Smartcard authentication for internet-only APIs
Some of our APIs need the end user to be a strongly authenticated healthcare worker:
- The most common way to do this is with an NHS smartcard. Currently, to authenticate an end user with an NHS smartcard, the end user needs an HSCN connection.
- If you do not have HSCN access, so cannot use a smartcard, our NHS CIS2 Authenticaton service provides alternative ways of strongly authenticating healthcare workers.
We are also considering making smartcard authentication available on the internet, but we need to find cases where there is a genuine need for this. If you would find this useful, please comment or vote on it on our interactive product backlog.
Some of our APIs are available only on HSCN, not on the internet. To see if a particular API is an HSCN-only API, read its API specification in our API catalogue.
We are working on making all our APIs available on the internet in line with our Internet First policy. If you need to access an HSCN-only API and you only have internet access, you can help us prioritise our work by suggesting, commenting or voting on a feature to make the API available on the internet using our interactive product backlog.
Last edited: 27 April 2023 5:12 pm