established forums of healthcare professionals and patients for the sharing of ideas and good practice in specific services (such as heart disease) and supporting how these are shared across both primary and secondary care. Network members evaluate the services and make recommendations on adopting new ways of working that will improve patient care.
groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who contract with a benefit plan. Members treated by network providers receive the maximum level of benefits if they are in a plan that offers network and non-network coverage.
Organizations that are linked through contractual or ownership relationships. Many health plans consider themselves "network developers" because they contract with physicians and hospitals on behalf of their customers, employers, and carriers.
In general, networks enable computers and other devices to communicate with each other. A network can be as simple as two computers sharing one printer or as complex as a group of LANs connected to each other across transatlantic fiber optic cables.
Networks are entities that offer programming on a regular basis for a number of hours each week to their affiliates (and sometimes independent stations) around the country. Through their affiliates, networks are capable of delivering their programming to a national audience. Cable networks also reach a national audience through agreements with local cable operators that provide subscribers with access to their signal.
Networks are the essential means of linking one group of agents to others whom they affect. They are the intricate links based on trust and reciprocal patterns of communication and exchange between producers and clients that are necessary to ensure an economic capability and responsiveness (Grabher, 1993) in support of business development.
Groups of firms and other organisations that are organised, formally or informally, around common interests. The firms may share interests in, for example, technology, standards or regulations; they may co-operate to commission research, to articulate skills requirements or to purchase equipment; they may share information on markets or they may form a consortium to address a customer need that none of them could address on their own.
Networks may be formal and/or informal and may serve the purpose of learning about the role, services and resources of other agencies and workers; marketing and promotion of organisation and/or programs; peer support and review; professional development; encouraging co-ordination among agencies and workers.
The equipment and facilities used to transmit and distribute electricity. In very general terms, transmission is the large-scale transportation of electricity while distribution is the so-called â€œwires and polesâ€ delivery of electricity to households. After disaggregation, State Networks (Western Power) will be the State-owned business responsible for transmission and distribution functions.