KCOM wins lucrative internet contract with NHS

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Jul 2018

KCOM has won a lucrative contract worth up to £13m to supply connectivity for a pioneering NHS scheme in London.

Hull’s broadband provider has been chosen by NHS Digital to help power a new network system, which aims to help health and social care providers send and receive data more quickly and easily. 

Over the next three years, KCOM will provide an internet connection to 34 health customers across the capital, in areas including Camden, Enfield and Barnet. 

The deal could be worth up to £13.3m.

Iain Shearman, director of KCOM’s national network services business, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by NHS Digital to deliver HSCN services in London. This award demonstrates that we are at the forefront of network transformation and integrated system solutions.

“HSCN is a great example of how public and private sector networks can work together effectively and use innovative technology to improve health and care outcomes for the public. 

“We are now looking forward to working closely with health and care organisations as well as NHS Digital on making HSCN a success.”

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HSCN replaces the outdated N3 network with a system designed to meet the requirements of an integrated and evolving health and social care sector.

KCOM will supply connectivity for a NHS scheme in London

It will enable greater collaboration between health and social care service providers, improve the ability to send and receive data securely between organisations, provide more cost-effective connectivity and help staff in health and care to work together across a standardised network.

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KCOM will now provide more than 800 managed connections that will allow organisations across London to share information. Stephen Docherty, chief information officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and chairman of London CIO Council, said: “We look forward to working with KCOM in delivering new HSCN network capabilities, a key step towards the delivery of integrated care across London. 

“HSCN will help health and social care organisations to share data securely and efficiently, ultimately working towards joined up public services for London.”

KCOM became HSCN Stage 2 compliant earlier in the year, after submitting a detailed design for the service and was able to demonstrate how its solution meets HSCN obligations following extensive testing.

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The broadband provider has been designing national customer networks with HSCN in mind for some time and has extensive experience in providing critical services to hospitals, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and doctor’s surgeries.

KCOM will now be working closely with organisations including Islington CCG, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet, Enfield And Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

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