BT is to offer NHS Trusts a national videoconferencing service over N3, the secure national broadband network it has built and is managing for the NHS.
The new service will be managed by the company’s conferencing unit, BT Conferencing, and promises to take the complexity out of Trusts running their own videoconferencing services.
Within the NHS, videoconferencing services have tended to be set up on a local basis, often for use inside a specific Trust which is then responsible for booking and scheduling calls and managing the bandwidth and infrastructure.
With the N3 Video Conferencing Managed Service, all this is taken care of by BT as all the necessary infrastructure is built into the N3 network. This offers NHS significant savings in terms of set up costs, as well as making it much easier to set up video calls internally as well as to other Trusts around the country.
It is anticipated that the new service will increase the use of videoconferencing across the NHS by making it easier to use and maintain, while at the same time making it more cost effective to operate.
It is also expected to encourage more innovative use of the technology and help keep NHS costs down and improve productivity by cutting the time staff spend travelling to and from meeting at the same time as reducing CO2 emissions.