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New National Network. The NHS national broadband network linking hospitals, medical centres and GPs in England and Scotland, which replaced NHSnet. It is one of the largest Virtual Private Networks in Europe. N3 underpins the NHS National Programme for IT, the world's largest civilian IT programme.

N3’s national applications
Choose and Book
Electronic booking service, which offers patients greater choice of the date and time of their appointment.

Electronic Prescribing
Prescribing and dispensing has become safer, easier and more convenient for patients.

Picture Archiving & Communications Systems
Capture, store, display and distribute digital medical images, enabling faster, more accurate diagnosis.

NHS Care Records Service
Individual electronic NHS Care Record for every patient in England.
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The system has been designed in the wake of impending closure of nine UK coastguard stations and will see the creation of a new national network as well as a central National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC).
The new national network of teaching schools is modelled on teaching hospitals; where teachers learn from other teachers.
The new national network is also expected to bring about new possibilities in health and education.
But if we do want a new national network, with Birmingham at its heart, then business leaders and local politicians are going to have to make the case for it.
The company has announced plans to come up with a new Indian Engineering Centre (IEC) in New Delhi, which follows the company's setting up of a new National Network Operation Center (NNOC).
A NEW national network of Irish language groups has spread beyond home soil to England and France, organisers revealed yesterday.
Re-regulationRecent business cases suggest that if operators were willing to invest heavily in new national network infrastructures, it would take them a decade to achieve their objectives while remaining financially viable.
AS PART OF AN ONGOING MARKETING STRATEGY to engage business owners and benefits decision-makers, Aflac's 2009 business-to-business initiative includes a focus on the construction and education industries, starting with the release of a pair of new national network TV ads aimed at employers within the two sectors.
The regional centre will eventually become part of a new national network.
James Pindell of The Boston Globe, one of the few fulltime political bloggers for a major newspaper, is leaving the daily to help oversee a new national network of political Web sites run by Observer Media.
As part of her work, she is involved with Food Secure Canada, a new national network.
According to the company, the broadband deployment is part of the NHS' (National Health Service) New National Network, known as N3.