McKesson uses open source to reduce cost of medical IT


McKesson uses open source to reduce cost of medical IT

Antony Savvas

McKesson has linked up with Red Hat to reduce the cost of its medical IT systems by using open source software.

McKesson will use the Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform in its systems.

Michael Simpson, chief technology officer for McKesson Provider Technologies, said, “The Red Hat solution offers our customers a reliable, affordable platform for delivering safe, high-quality patient care using McKesson's clinical applications.”

Simpson added, “The introduction of a high-value, open platform designed specifically for the needs of healthcare IT represents a major step forward in encouraging the use of open source technologies, instead of closed, proprietary technologies that are costly to acquire, maintain and scale.”

The Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, and other open source technologies.

McKesson has already deployed many of its Horizon Clinicals applications on Linux running on Intel-based hardware in hospitals. It says hospitals using these systems have already made cost savings of up to 60%, when compared with traditional system deployments.

The Swedish Armed Forces and the Kingfisher retail group also recently announced Red Hat Linux usage in their operations.

Kingfisher migrates to Red Hat Linux

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