Node4 gets clean bill of health on HSCN compliance

UK-based cloud datacentre and comms firm Node4 gets a clean bill of health this month by virtue of its new NHS Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) compliance rating.

Developers working on data-heavy transactional and analytical software applications connected to the health sector will need to know that this new HSCN tag is now being applied to underlying networks… and it effectively replaces N3.

What is (was) N3?

N3 is the national broadband network for the NHS connecting all NHS locations and 1.3 million employees across England.

According to the NHS, “The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations which replaced N3 — [and] N3 services ended on 31 March 2017.”

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network providing a efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

Node4’s public sector team works across central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations. 

Information accessibility

“The HSCN allows the health and social care to transform patient care and services through greater connectivity, making data and information fully accessible to clinicians, health and care professionals and citizens,” said Vicky Withey, compliance manager at Node4 comments.

Withey claims that Node4 has successfully completed the criteria required for HSCN compliance, including meeting rigorous third-party standards.

Node4 head of public sector Paula Johnston is also upbeat. She notes the use of her firm’s connectivity services and HCS collaboration platform and says this will help the NHS with security infrastructure challenges.