ANS Group has been appointed to implement a user-friendly email encryption system by the South West Strategic Health Authority.
It has implemented the Cisco IronPort solution that will be in operation across the county in six NHS Trusts and will allow encrypted emails to be sent between trusts without any change to user experience. If an external user needs to read an email from any of the trusts, they simply have to access a website to decrypt it.


The system helps primary care trusts (PCTs) comply with the Connecting for Health legislation, which sets out standards for the encryption of email and data loss prevention.  The implementation of the legislation has been delegated to Strategic Health Authorities across the country, and Dorset is one of the first PCTs to adopt the solution. The six Trusts covered by the system are Dorset PCT, Bournemouth and Poole PCT, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. These are linked up to the Somerset network, which has also implemented the solution.


Brian Stalker, IT manager at Dorset County Hospital, said: “The IronPort solution has enabled us to meet Connecting for Health policy and ensures that all information in transit is secure.”


Paul Sweeney, managing director of ANS Group, said: “The NHS is under increasing pressure to protect confidential information and put in place rigorous measures to minimise the risk of data loss. Through our extensive work implementing and supporting various systems for the NHS, we have built a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the healthcare sector."