Updata will also provide WiFi equipment through the contract, which will deliver private and public connectivity to approximately 200 health sector buildings across Kent by the end of 2017. The North East London Commissioning Support Unit (NELCSU), which provides all of the IT function to Kent CCG, secured the funding from NHS England for this investment.
Dave Lindsay, KPSN strategic development and relationships manager, said: “KPSN is delighted to develop our relationship with our partner Updata through the provision of HSCN services to our partners. This latest addition to Updata’s portfolio will facilitate further collaboration and transformation across the region, particularly the integration of health and social care, through the consolidation of public service networks.”
Ron Rapp, senior consultant architect, networking, NELCSU, said: “NELCSU is committed to providing the best possible service to patients, as well as working with other public organisations to share information and best practice. We look forward to building on our relationship with Updata as we work towards introducing the new HSCN, which will help improve patient outcomes while offering a much more flexible and reliable network connectivity.”
Andrew Bullock, MD Connectivity at Capita Networking Solutions, said:“All NHS organisations need to be preparing for the introduction of HSCN. KPSN and NELCCU are leading the way in preparing the infrastructure to take advantage of this service as soon as it become available. HSCN will provide a robust and secure network as well as helping to reduce costs. Updata will work closely with NHS organisations within Kent to ensure its introduction does not affect the delivery of services.”