The Health and Social Care Information Centre has announced that Capita Healthcare Decisions will become the first private sector partner able to connect new business and services to N3. The company will play the role of an aggregator, providing a resilient, secure connection to the network that will enable third-party organisations to supply services to N3 users. This means it will conduct the vetting and assessment process, ensuring that suppliers meet N3 standards of data security and IT resilience. The move is part of a wider aim to improve access to N3 to encourage innovation.
Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, is working with Hospedia, a provider of bedside entertainment and information units, on a unified communications-enabled patient workflow. As part of the partnership between the two companies, Hospedia will integrate Unify's OpenSpace voice and unified comunications solutions into its patient flow management system, ExtraMed and its bedside clinical applications. They claim this will remove the need for manual whiteboarding, and give hospitals an electronic means of tracking patients and auditing care in real-time. It should also improve communications between clinical teams.11 March 2014