“Exadel customized and implemented open source access and identity management technologies, improving clinician productivity. This allowed physicians, nurses, and caregivers to focus more time on patient care.”

Nick Yoo
Senior Director of Information Security Architecture at McKesson Corporation

Security application solutions

About McKesson

As the oldest and largest health care services company in the United States, McKesson plays an integral role in the healthcare industry and has a unique vision for its future. McKesson serves more than 50% of American hospitals, 20% of physicians, and 100% of health plans. As the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America, it delivers one-third of all medications used in the region every day.


McKesson applications are used by a diverse group of people. To better serve their users, the company wanted to radically improve efficiencies while meeting industry-specific security and regulation requirements.


Exadel partnered with McKesson to implement a comprehensive set of security solutions including Corporate Active Directory SSO (single sign-on) and Identity Management UI.

Exadel has an extensive security background and was able to quickly put together the best-suited technology stack for meeting McKesson’s security needs:

  • OpenAM (access management, entitlements, and federation server)
  • OpenDJ (directory server)
  • OpenIDM (identity management system)
  • LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)
  • WS-Security (secure web services extension to SOAP—Simple Object Access Protocol)
  • Federated security
  • SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)
  • STS (Secure Token Service)
  • OAuth (authentication protocol)


The business impact value of the set of security solutions Exadel implemented greatly surpassed McKesson’s expectations. The outcome met and exceeded each goal: a high-quality valuable product, reduced costs, improved efficiencies, and high customer satisfaction.

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