The Case for Integration of JANET and NHSnet: a pragmatic proposal for its implementation

Simon de Lusignan, Robert Whitelaw


The NHSnet, to achieve public and professional confidence, needs to be secure. In order to achieve this, its code of connection requires general practices to remove any Internet connections they might have including connections to JANET (the Joint Academic Network). Whilst this rationale is understandable, other pressures are pushing undergraduate medical education into general practice. An increasing part of medical student learning is self-directed and computer-based. Tutors working in general practice need both to be able to access patient data, as well as to communicate with their educational peer group at their University Department. This paper sets up a pragmatic staged process whereby a practice could in a secure way access both email and educational material at its medical school, whilst at the same time linking to NHSnet.

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