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

Press Release | Red Hat | November 19, 2013

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

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

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company's growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at, including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


Red Hat, the Shadowman logo, JBoss, and OpenShift are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds and OpenStack is a registered trademark of OpenStack, LLC.

Red Hat, Inc.
Stephanie Wonderlick
, 571-421-8169
[email protected]