Red Hat Wins Veterans Affairs Medical Appointment Scheduling Challenge as Part of HP Open Community Team

  Red Hat Wins Veterans Affairs Medical Appointment Scheduling Challenge as
  Part of HP Open Community Team

  Industry and Agency Collaboration Helps VA Lead the Way for Healthcare IT

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- November 19, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced it was selected, as part of the HP Open Community
team, as an award winner in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Medical Appointment Scheduling Challenge. The contest was designed to
challenge software developers to create new systems that schedule appointments
in the VA’s nationwide health system.

The VA Medical Appointment Scheduling Challenge was launched in January 2013
to encourage industry experts to develop open source and open application
program interface (API)-based hospital scheduling applications to replace
components of the VA’s 25-year-old scheduling software in its VistA electronic
health system, enabling veterans to make appointments for VA outpatient and
ambulatory care from the Veterans Health Administration. When the Challenge
was introduced, the VA noted that it was “driven by VA’s decision to
transition its VistA electronic health system into an openly architected
product and to challenge developers to offer standards-based, modular
components that can be extended and modified much more easily than customized
products.” According to the VA’s press release on the Challenge, they plan to
“use the results of the contest to design final specification for an
appointment scheduling system to be deployed nationally.”

The HP Open Community team's winning submission included the use of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat
JBoss BRMS, as well as Red Hat Consulting for system design, architecture,
implementation and testing. Red Hat’s products and services contributed to the
team’s adaptive, supportive and flexible approach for managing complexity of
business logic and workflow associated with medical appointment scheduling.
The submission reinforced the benefits of open source and open community
development that could provide a long-term solution to the VA's scheduling
challenges.

By placing in the VA Medical Appointment Scheduling Challenge, the HP Open
Community team, including Red Hat, will collectively donate its nearly
$500,000 prize to multiple Veterans Service Organizations.

Supporting Quotes

Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat

“Industry and agency collaboration is essential because it brings the most
innovative technology solutions to government to help cut costs and improve
efficiency. The VA understands the benefits of these relationships and we
appreciate the opportunity to display how open technologies can provide them
with the confidence they need to better serve some of our most deserving
citizens. Red Hat is excited to have been part of the HP Open Community team.”

Additional Resources

  *VA Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest Website

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