Pipex Gets Prescription for Broadband

Pipex has signed a reseller partnership with Cegedim, the UK provider of pharmacy management systems, to roll out ADSL broadband in community pharmacies as part of the NHS’ New National Network, known as N3.

Pipex has been selected as Cegedim’s partner of choice for N3 connectivity for its customers, establishing Pipex as a leading N3 aggregator in the UK. With almost 50 per cent market share for patient medication records (PMR) solutions, Cegedim is ideally placed to drive the installation of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), transported over a secure broadband connection.

“Pipex already provides secure managed networks for many of the UK’s leading blue chip companies and public sector organisations – working with Cegedim takes us to the next level in the provision of broadband as part of the NHS’ national IT programme,” says Mike Read, CEO, Pipex. “Through this new partnership, Pipex is now placed as a leading service provider in the N3 aggregation marketplace.”

The aim of N3 is to provide a fast, reliable network on which to run the new IT systems being delivered by the National Programme for IT. This will make the NHS the first major user of significant broadband capacity in the public sector. The network will also provide the technology to benefit patients by significantly speeding up the transfer of key clinical data between NHS organisations.