The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is the next generation national private network for health and care organisations. HSCN is a single logical network delivered by multiple suppliers, it is a completely reimagined and reengineered successor to the N3 network providing reliable, efficient, flexible and cost-effective connectivity for end-users.
The HSCN network is a core component of NHS Digital's drive to improve health through the better use of data and technology, transforming the quality and reducing the cost of health and care service.
HSCN will provide a secure and reliable mechanism for end users to access and exchange electronic information, anywhere, anytime and across any device; and in turn to facilitate greater collaboration and service sharing to drive greater efficiencies, increased clinical innovation and improved patient outcomes.
To that end the HSCN network will reduce complexity, leverage standards-based networking, drive interoperability and make core connectivity and overlay services available in a competitive, open marketplace for the first time.
A number of new Consumer Network Service Providers (CN-SPs) will be responsible for delivering HSCN-compliant connections, with end users able to take advantage of a range of procurement options.
Redcentric HSCN Connection Services
Redcentric established itself as the leading accredited N3 aggregator prior to its replacement by the HSCN, providing over 15,000 reliable, secure, high bandwidth connections to both healthcare providers and NHS application service suppliers.
As one of the first HSCN-compliant CN-SPs we are now in the vanguard of both migrating existing N3 customers and helping new users plan and get ready for the on-boarding of HSCN connectivity from pilot migrations taking place in July.
Our unrivalled experience of the health and social care environment and our on-going engagement with both NHS Digital and a broad spectrum of end users translates into a CN-SP that can be trusted to take you into the new HSCN world safely, efficiently and cost-effectively; and more than that, to have the ability to add significant value beyond the commodity connection – from supplying a wide range of overlay services to consulting on broader digital transformation initiatives.
Webcast: A Technical Look at moving from N3 to HSCN
In our latest webcast we look at key obligations for future consumers of HSCN as the HSCN Connection Agreement replaces the N3 Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IGSoC). These include the responsibilities to consumers of HSCN such as; Incident reporting, Network monitoring, Securing information and HSCN service information.watch the webcast
Q&A: frequent questions from future consumers of HSCN
The implications of moving from N3 to HSCN has, unsurprisingly, raised many questions for N3 connected organisations (and those wishing to connect). Our easily digestible Q&A sheet providing answers to the frequent questions we've been asked by healthcare and ISV organisations.download the sheet
Article: Transitioning from N3 to HSCN
As the NHS's N3 wide area network reaches end-of-life this article looks at the differences between the new network (HSCN) and N3, what HSCN will enable the healthcare sector to do, the benefits it will bring and how organisations can transition with ease from N3 to HSCN.read the article
Devon Doctors and Earl Mountbatten Hospice connect to HSCN
Devon Doctors and Earl Mountbatten Hospice have successfully migrated over from N3 to HSCN and can start leveraging HSCN to the full, as Redcentric become the first provider to commence delivering live HSCN access to primary care and third sector sites.
OUR ACCREDITATIONS FOR HSCN SERVICES:
- Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IGSoC)
- HSCN CN-SP certified
- NHS Business Partner
- HSCN Peering Exchange Provider
- NHS Digital - accredited N3 ISP (Network Access Agreement 0740)
- Independent aggregator of IGSoC Version 14 with a score of 100%
- Compliant Commercial Third Party (NACS Code YGMAP)
- Accredited to store patient data for and behalf of the NHS
- ISO27001, ISO9001 and ISO22301 certified
- NHS Digital approved N3 commercial aggregator and HSCN CN-SP