RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat is teaming up with one of the largest healthcare-focused companies in the U.S. to launch a new suite of products in a huge market segment – healthcare.

The world’s top Linux software developer and McKesson, a member of the Fortune 500 based in Atlanta, disclosed plans Monday to launch “Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform.”

The product suite is designed to offer healthcare providers an open source solution for information technology needs.

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

McKesson, ranked 16th in the Fortune 500, is the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America. It also is the largest healthcare IT provider, working with more than 50 percent of hospitals in the U.S. that have more than 200 beds. McKesson also provides clinical diagnosis and treatment software and electronic medical records.

The healthcare IT platform includes Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux, its best-known product, updates through the Red Hat network, JBoss Enterprise Middleware for various applications, and dedicated customer support and services. Intel is also part of the partnership.

McKesson is no stranger to Linux since many of its applications run on Linux already as part of its Horizon Clinicals suite.

“The collaboration between McKesson, Intel, and Red Hat will be defining for healthcare customers as it represents a shift from traditional costly platforms to a reliable, scalable platform,” said Matthew Szulik, Red Hat’s chairman, said. “Our partnership continues the market-leading tradition of all three companies.”