1.6 million patients across Sussex will benefit from faster treatment and diagnosis thanks to health professionals being able to quickly share critical patient information more rapidly, following a new five-year multi-million pound contract with BT.
BT has struck a deal with the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust on behalf of NHS organisations in Sussex which will see the firm build and fully manage a new private, secure, communications network, connecting 390 NHS sites across the region.
One of the many benefits of the new network is that IT applications commonly used by GPs to update patient records and print prescriptions, will run faster and more reliably across a common platform.
The highly secure, flexible and resilient nature of the network, based on BT’s Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology, will allow local NHS and social care organisations across the county to create their own dedicated virtual networks. This will allow a closed community of health and social care professionals to access specific IT applications rapidly and exchange information securely.