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.

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Finalist Len Peters turned to ITIL to get his organization in shape. Do ITIL best practices still apply in an era of cloud computing, BYOD and mobile computing?
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Fundamental best practice is even more important.
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Absolutely, but they have to be applied correctly as ITIL is only a framework and guideline (5 books) and doesn't describe the "how"
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There seems to be this sense that just because the computing platform is virtual that there isn't a need to remain discipline and thoughtful about what and how services are delivered to the customer. If anything, the challenges are larger because of the arms length relationship with the cloud provider. And add to this challenge the varied platform techologies that BYOD brings to the table.
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What the IT Community is quickly coming to realize is that to deploy a cloud strategy within their organization successfully a number of processes and IT Service Management elements have to be defined - and better yet - automated from request through verified provisioning and then keep running as long as needed.
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The "cloud" phenomenon only increases the need for well developed and managed IS services within the organization.
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No podemos decir que ITIL está desalineada a temas como la nube y las aplicaciones móviles. Ahora más que nunca están de la mano para un mejor funcionamientos de las áreas de tecnología de las empresas, todo con el fin de utilizar las herramientas con fines más estratégicos.
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now that the concept of the core has been taken to a new level with possibilities of the core existing in the cloud, ITIL make sense because now the focus is on responsiveness and cost savings, business people might even think that they don't need and IT dept because everyone should be able to do it. ITIL put the focus back to IT as a service entity, we still have to have the know how.
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