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Red Hat's Health Care Debut

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Joining forces with health care software provider McKesson this week, Red Hat took another step toward providing a variety of vertical market solutions with the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform.

 

The platform is a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss middleware integrated with McKesson's Horizon Clinical Platform, according to DevX.com. Horizon's apps range from records management to billing solutions, and the addition of Red Hat Linux and JBoss middleware makes it more scalable and more quickly deployed.

 

Moreover, a ComputerWeekly.com story indicates that hospitals who currently use Horizon apps on Linux running on Intel-based hardware have saved as much as 60 percent of what they would have spent on traditional (read "proprietary") deployments.

 

As a side note, Medsphere is also trying its hand in the open source health care market. The startup released its OpenVista system this week via SourceForge.net and at the Medsphere Web site. The system has been successfully implemented within the Veterans' Administration network of hospitals, and the company is aiming to move into private hospitals and clinics with the open source move.

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