By migrating to HSCN, Swindon CCG have:
Increased network capacity and resilience
Network capacity has more than doubled for all GP practices, acting as an enabler for improved patient care and development of future digital services and contributing to better patient care and the development of new digital services.
Improved access to patients
The increase in network speed will enable GPs to speak to patients using video consultations in the near future. This will save travel time for clinicians, time that they can better use to provide clinical care for other patients.
Improved access to real-time clinical information
Clinicians can now use their devices for secure remote access into HSCN, which enables them to access and record clinical information at care homes and hospices, during home visits and in community settings. On N3 they would have to record this information from their office base. System and network issues often meant that these interactions wouldn’t update on the patient record until the following day, causing delays to diagnosis and treatment. With HSCN these patient records can be updated instantly, giving clinicians confidence that they have access to the data that underpins safe, effective and high-quality continued care to patients.
Developed cloud hosting and increased interoperability
HSCN has allowed Swindon CCG to develop their use of cloud hosting. With a single network for all 30 GP sites, network data can be shared, giving staff access one common user directory. Having one shared network across all practices increases collaboration within primary care, standardises cyber security across sites and reduces the amount of hardware within GP practices.
With HSCN, Swindon CCG don’t need to use the public internet to access Microsoft Azure, which enhances security.
Improved work-life balance for GPs
GPs now use HSCN for remote working, including access to electronic patient records on their secure laptops, to undertake reviews and repeat prescribing activities away from the GP Practice. This provides a better work-life balance to help retain a highly skilled workforce.
Integration with social services
Swindon CCG can now give local care homes and hospices access to shared care plans, including end of life care, and clinical information from SystmOne, their principal patient administration system.
Clinical staff responsible for delivering care to patients at hospices can view and interact with the NHS clinicians treating their patients, meaning patient care is more efficient and safer, with all relevant clinical staff members able to access accurate and reliable information.