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20 Aug 2017

NHS Healthcare - Are you ready for the HSCN network migration

This year will see The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), replace current national private network N3 in a bid to provide a more reliable, efficient and flexible way for health and care organisations to access and exchange electronic information.

In order to fully optimise the migration, organisations will need to implement sustainable network security solutions to help control user authentication, protect business critical applications, preserve bandwidth and provide an improved, more responsive and efficient health care service to all clinical and non-clinical staff, and patients.

Protecting your staff, patients and visitors

The provision of free public Wi-Fi being made accessible to patients across NHS hospitals and GP surgeries, doesn't come without its risks.

Organisations must provide a segregated network platform to ensure that business critical apps and bandwidth aren’t affected and that patients and visitors can access the internet freely and securely.

Implementing a mechanism which separates network traffic, will allow higher levels of service and security policies to be applied to individual SSIDs and VLANs, resulting in a more positive user experience.

Segregation of the network is highly important for both clinical and non-clinical staff when pressures on the surgeries are at an all time high.

Patient data and medical records need to be secure yet readily accessible to GP's who want to maintain patient interaction and even provide advice and diagnosis through video consultations. 

Web security which meets CQC standards

Having the ability to apply an effective web security solution which enables you to manage bandwidth and control web traffic speed, can help healthcare professionals improve the operating performance of their organisations, delivering quality care service which meets the Care Quality Commission (CQC) standard as outlined in the safe data, safe care report

Government funding such as the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund has been set out to help accelerate the development of infrastructure to enable the improvement and expansion of patient care and support general practice and technology. 

In a challenging financial environment, utilising the ETTP will help provide health organisations with the financial support they need to accelerate the development and infrastructure of their IT network services. 

How can we help you?

Featured in the Primary Care Report, Commissioning and Implementing Web Filtering and Internet Security Solutions, Smoothwall are specialist developers of web filtering and security solutions within the Healthcare sector, currently protecting over 100,000 NHS staff split across NHS Trusts and CSU’s.

We understand the challenges organisations face which is why our web filtering solutions are designed to provide custom, safe and secure internet access, which has benefits for all corporate users, guests and patients.

To find out how Smoothwall can provide you with a tailored, cost-effective and flexible solution, visit our website or contact one of our healthcare Specialists today.

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