As of May 2017, the HSCN is available to all NHS Trusts to begin migrating their network services over from the previously BT managed N3 wide area network.
NHS Digital say that HSCN has been designed to “provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information, while at the same time reducing costs and complexity, standardising networks, enabling service sharing, and extending the parameters of collaborative working.” What this means for the collective NHS Trusts, is that in order to keep pace with the Five Year Forward View and National Information Board’s Personalised Health & Care 2020 Plan, they will need to begin migrating their services over to HSCN from N3 as a priority.
The focus has shifted since the N3 network was launched, into a strategy that places technology as a priority to maintain a quality of patient care, in an age where the public expect more and more ways to use their own technology as part of a care service.
The migration from N3 to HSCN means that, as an NHS Trust, the world of opportunity for patient focused applications suddenly got a lot bigger. Instead of being railroaded down a single supplier route, HSCN opens up the possibilities by allowing a whole host of accredited suppliers to offer their services at competitive rates into the NHS, via the HSCN. So what does this mean for NHS trusts looking at their longer term video conferencing strategy? Well, firstly they’re not limited to options when it comes to video infrastructure or video endpoints. It is now more straight-forward than ever to procure a video conferencing solution that is interoperable with HSCN and there are countless ways of managing that process.
Secondly, video conferencing as-a-service helps NHS trusts to deliver flexibility and a lower-risk approach to a video conferencing deployment. For example, subscribing to the medio.link video service means that an NHS trust can scale-up a fully Skype For Business integrated, fully hosted cloud based video conferencing system in a matter of hours, whilst still procuring through the frameworks that are trusted across the NHS, such as G-cloud9.
medio.link sits in a desirable position of still remaining N3 hosted (ideal for those NHS Trusts that are yet to transition), but also have the ability to connect into HSCN via the Transition Network, for those NHS Trusts that have made the early migration away from N3. Either way, it’s a video platform that can grow and migrate when the trust is ready, rather than forcing the trust down one particular route.
If you’d like to have a conversation about transitioning to HSCN and the impact that may have on your current or future video conferencing estate, please do get in touch as we’d be happy to explore your options with you and give you insight into the approaches other NHS trusts are taking.
For more information on HSCN conference calling and the change over from the previous N3 conference calling and what it will mean to you and your business / organisation please call one of our HSCN specialists today on +44 (0) 330 088 2024.