What is HSCN?

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations.

HSCN will provide a reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and social care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

By reducing complexity, standardising networks, enabling service sharing and extending the parameters of collaborative working, it will save money, enable information to be reliably shared and help health and social care staff work together in more effective and efficient ways.

You can now become an HSCN supplier

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) supplier compliance application process is live and you can now apply to become an HSCN connectivity supplier.

In order to do this you will need to make a formal application on behalf of your business, follow the supplier compliance process and demonstrate adherence to the HSCN Obligations Framework. All the information and documentation you require can be found on the NHS Digital website.

NHS Digital is actively encouraging network suppliers to submit applications at the earliest opportunity to enable participation in HSCN procurements planned from January 2017 onwards.

The HSCN central infrastructure will be established by the summer of 2017 and we expect HSCN suppliers to start provisioning live HSCN services following this. Should you have any questions about becoming an HSCN supplier please contact us compliance.hscn@nhs.net

NHS Digital and industry collaboration

The HSCN supplier compliance arrangements have been established through close collaboration between NHS Digital and the telecommunications industry to ensure they are practical and maximise supplier participation in the HSCN marketplace.

The Industry Association, Innopsis, are running supplier compliance workshops for prospective HSCN suppliers across the country early in 2017. Details of these events will appear here.

The HSCN opportunity

The market for HSCN connectivity services represents a significant opportunity for network suppliers. The vast majority of health service providers will be looking to procure HSCN connectivity over the next 18 months either through their own procurement activity or via one of a series of aggregated procurements that NHS Digital will be running during 2017/18.

 

In addition a great many social care organisations will increasingly be looking to obtain HSCN connectivity to improve their ability to join up health and social care and transform service delivery.

HSCN Supplier Briefing 7

HSCN Supplier Briefing 7

The HSCN Supplier Briefing was held by Webex on 25th January 2018. The slides and details are below.

What do NHS-Digital think is the reason for HSCN’s success?

What do NHS-Digital think is the reason for HSCN’s success?

This episode features a conversation between Patrick Clark, Head of Implementation and Communication at NHS-Digital regarding the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and Michael Bowyer, Chairman of Innopsis.

Listen to the elements of HSCN that Patrick is pleased with, the concerns he has about implementation and the role that Innopsis has played.

RM3825 Issues

The following issues have been raised by Virgin Media Business regarding the Terms and Conditions of RM3825 HSCN Access DPS.

HSCN Access Framework: The Buyer Perspective

We welcome news that the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) Access Framework, one of the key routes to market for suppliers delivering new telecoms services to the health and social care sector. Delivering on schedule, this marks a key milestone in the commercial journey taken by NHS Digital to implement the next generation of connectivity services for health and social care users.

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