There are several reasons why your organisation may choose to use MESH. It:
- allows you to transfer large data files securely from one organisation to another
- allows large files (up to 20GB) to be sent, which cannot be sent over NHSmail (up to 35MB)
- has a user friendly interface, available through MESH UI
- allows some configuration to suit business needs when using MESH client/API
Organisations should have separate mailboxes for each use case to maintain the security of the data being sent and received.
MESH connects to the Spine infrastructure via the N3/HSCN network. If you cannot register for an N3/HSCN connection (local authorities for example) there is an option to connect via the internet gateway.
MESH can send files of any type, for many different purposes and to many different organisations. Some examples of what MESH may be used for include:
- A pathology lab using MESH to communicate test results to GP practices.
- A hospital sending and receiving notifications to adult social services to identify patients who may need adult social care when they leave hospital, in line with the Care Act 2014.
In most cases, the systems suppliers or IT administrators will handle the set-up of MESH for each organisation. If you are a user of MESH and have technical questions, we recommend you get in touch with your organisation’s IT contact first.