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Red Hat’s plunge into India’s healthcare sector

Red Hat Software Services, provider of Linux and open source technologies, is making its way into the Indian healthcare sector.    Red Hat’s Global Support Services Vice-President Lain Gray reportedly said the company plans to facilitate the sharing of patients data and history within various hospitals to promote better healthcare services.    Towards this end, it has joined hands with Hewlett-Packard (HP), which runs a number of applications related to huge databases of patients and their medical history.    For this purpose they have joined hands with a number of government and private hospitals in Maharashtra. Most of these hospitals are in the early stages of digitisation of patients records and medical history. In collaboration with HP, they plan to make this data available to every hospital connected through their platform. Gray pointed out that data portability has been a major problem, especially in healthcare sector in India. Banks, financial institutions and companies in insurance sector have adapted to open source technologies for quite some time now. However the government establishments, telecom sector and institutes in healthcare are yet to adapt to this kind of work culture. The programme would provide various case histories and it would work as a knowledge and information platform for all the hospitals.    Red Hat has been serving establishments in the banking, financial services and telecommunication sector in India with Canara Bank, Central Bank of India and Bank of Punjab as its prime customers. Red Hat’s Pune unit has been acting as a global support centre over last three years.

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