December 15, 2022 – Redcentric is proud to announce the successful delivery of the new NHS Peering Exchange Service, which is a critical, central infrastructure component of the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).
Patrick Clark, Director of Infrastructure at NHS Digital said, “I’m delighted to confirm successful implementation of the replacement HSCN Peering Exchange Service, which has occurred without impacting service to HSCN users. Well done to the Redcentric and NHS Digital teams and thank you to the HSCN Consumer Network Service Providers that have contributed to the success of the project.”
Redcentric were originally awarded the contract to deliver the Peering Exchange Service in 2017, and were successful in bidding for provision of the replacement service in 2021, which followed a competitive procurement process at the end of the original contract term.
Cem Ahmet, COO at Redcentric said, “We’ve been working with NHS Digital for over 10 years now and we were delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide the new platform for the Peering Exchange. It is an important piece of national infrastructure, and we value the trust placed in us to deliver it, so it’s with great pride that we can now announce that it’s been successfully completed.
We enjoy a close working relationship with the team at NHS Digital and the delivery of this project demonstrates that we are a trusted partner and a ‘safe pair of hands’ with the experience, knowledge and people to safely deliver projects like the Peering Exchange for the NHS.”
The Peering Exchange Service is part of the infrastructure which supports access to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN). Healthcare professionals gain access to a variety of healthcare systems and data which is shared securely across HSCN.
Access to HSCN is provided by a group of 20 telecommunications organisations known as HSCN Consumer Network Service Providers (CNSPs). The CNSP’s provide secure access to HSCN for over 25,000 healthcare customers. These organisations rely on the Peering Exchange to provide a vital interconnection to HSCN, allowing NHS customers using different HSCN suppliers to communicate. The delivery of this project is a huge achievement, the result of over 12 months’ work to build, test and implement a brand-new platform and to migrate all 20 CNSP’s seamlessly onto it.