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Red Hat, along with Google, to rescue the troubled HealthCare.gov

Engineering talent  from open source leader Red Hat will join experts other technology companies including Google and Oracle to fix the healthcare.gov website.

Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, writes on a blog post, “As part of the ‘Tech Surge,’ we’ve added key personnel from the government and private sector, including expert engineers and technology managers. “These dozens of people are strengthening and reinforcing the team we have working 24/7 to address the problems around HealthCare.gov.”

Two key people who will drive this ‘rescue’ mission are Greg Gershman and Google’s Michael Dickerson. Dickerson has taken a leave from Google to take over the project.

Talking about Dickerson’s expertise Bataille said, “He has expertise in diving into any layer of the tech stack, from the metal to the application code to the people that write it, in order to deliver some of the world’s most reliable online services.”

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Government contractor QSSI is handling the development of healthcare.gov.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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