BlackBerry Announces A Blockchain Platform to Support Healthcare

Dawid Paluch
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Transforming the global delivery of patient care – that’s the aim for BlackBerry. The company, known for its famous mobile phones, has unveiled their plans for creating a Blockchain-based platform focused on healthcare services.

Blockchain can be very useful in the medical industry. We have written many articles explaining how it can influence healthcare. Yesterday another firm unveiled its way to use blockchain.
BlackBerry announced his flagship BlackBerry Spark platform on Thursday. John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, mentioned a few things about the plans for the development in a press release. He said:

We are applying our expertise in security, data privacy, and communication work in regulated industries such as automotive, financial services, and government to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the healthcare industry: leveraging healthcare endpoints to improve patient outcomes while ensuring security and data privacy.”

Using Blockchain for sharing medical data

The Company is going to use Network Operation Center (NOC). NOC will support the blockchain digital ledger from ONEBIO. The aim is to create an ultra-protected global ecosystem for archiving and distributing medical information.

How is it supposed to work? Simply. Patients, laboratories, and IoT (Internet of Things) biometric devices could input data into the system. Then information would be anonymized and shared with researchers.

Rare diseases are the target

The very first client for BlackBerry’s new platform will be Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children with a Rare Diseases. The commission has teamed up with Shire, the world’s leader in rare diseases, to test how BlackBerry’s blockchain technology would help in the future. They want to determine if the new solution can shorten required time for diagnoses.

That’s not the only thing that BlackBerry does for the medical industry. The company has launched QNX OS for Medical 2.0, a new operating system for securing medical devices. It’s real-time software dedicated to the improvement of surgical robotics, patient monitoring systems and much else.

Change of course

There was a time when BlackBerry had almost 50% of the global smartphone market. Right now they cover only 0.1%. The Company is still in the phone industry, but they do many other things. They are trying to develop a lot of new devices and technologies including IoT endpoints. Ultra-secure storage and transfer of medical data are only one of them.

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