Red Hat Linux backbone to power global telemedicine training network

Research Triangle Park 16 June 2000The Medical Center of Boston International Inc. (MCBI) intends to leverage Red Hat Linux as the operating system (OS) backbone for the first Internet-based global telemedicine infrastructure on the Linux platform. Red Hat Inc., a major leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, will help MCBI provide premier medical services all over the world through the Web.


MCBI currently provides direct, Web-based training to doctors, as well as an avenue for the introduction of direct sales and training in the use of the latest pharmaceutical and surgical equipment. As MCBI expands both its offerings and its global reach, its telemedicine network will run on servers powered by the Red Hat Linux operating system. MCBI has also purchased a service package from Red Hat to support the installation.

"Our selection of Red Hat Linux as our operating system platform, as well as Red Hat support for our applications, will offer us the opportunity to leverage the superior reliability of Red Hat's version of Linux, and manage our business with much lower cost of use and ease of customisation", stated Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin, chief executive officer, MCBI. "The collaborate nature of telemedicine, which allows for a many-to-one doctors-to-patient relationship, coupled with timely diagnoses and intervention, will vastly improve the quality of medical services."

MCBI's telemedicine network will provide timely diagnoses and intervention through a unique many-to-one doctor-to-patient relationship that can vastly improve the quality of medical services. MCBI plans to open 39 initial central locations throughout the Middle East, India, and the Far East which will be serviced by over 240 top United States physicians.

"MCBI forms a typical example of the new class of Internet economy companies which are rapidly embracing Red Hat as their preferred open source Internet infrastructure solution partner", commented Charles Coleman, who is director of customer relationship management at Red Hat Inc. "Like no other industry, the stability and reliability of Red Hat Linux is tremendously important to the critical delivery of various patient services."

International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also confirms that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of United States Linux users.

Research firm Netcraft Inc. states that as of May 2000, 36 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure. Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be over 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.

Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle, and SAP.

Founded in 1994, Red Hat is the leading provider of open source Internet infrastructure solutions, ranging from small embedded devices to high availability clusters and Web serving. Red Hat applies its technological leadership to create open source solutions for Internet infrastructure and post-PC environments, offers services backed by the best understanding of open source and the most comprehensive resources, delivers the brand of a widely trusted open source leader and corporate partner, and persists in an indelible commitment to the virtues of open source to lead a revolution in the computing industry.

Leslie Versweyveld

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