BlackBerry Leverages Blockchain to Disrupt Legacy Healthcare

BlackBerry Leverages Blockchain to Disrupt Legacy Healthcare

Following the announcement of BlackBerry Spark, an Enterprise of Things platform for ultra-secure hyperconnectivity, BlackBerry Limited announced new partnerships and projects with the shared goal of transforming the global delivery of healthcare and patient care.

BlackBerry, a smartphone line created by BlackBerry Limited, is well-known for the keyboards on most of its devices and mobile productivity.

According to John Chen, Executive Chairman, and CEO of BlackBerry Limited:

“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.”

BlackBerry Limited will use its carrier-grade network operation center (NOC) to fuel a distributed ledger, offered by ONEBIO, to create an ultra-secure global connection for storing and distributing medical data. An example of this innovation is such that data could be entered by laboratories, patients, medical institutions and devices containing biometric measurements and made anonymous to be shared and used by researchers.

Who will adopt BlackBerry’s platform?

BlackBerry is offering the new healthcare product first to the Global Commission, an organization dedicated to ending the diagnostic odyssey for children with rare diseases.

Co-chaired by Shire, the primary global biotechnology company focused on rare diseases, a pilot of the Global Commission will investigate how BlackBerry’s new solution could provide live and thorough analysis as the organization aims to shorten the time to diagnose uncommon diseases.

Who are BlackBerry’s partners?

BlackBerry has partnered with the Mackenzie Innovation Institute, an organization that works with academic partners to identify new technologies or processes that can more effectively solve issues in the healthcare ecosystem.

According to Richard Tam, Chief Financial Officer of the Mackenzie Innovation Institute:

“By developing a deeper understanding and exploring how our ‘smart’ systems operate with BlackBerry Spark, we aim to uncover new ways to connect, protect and intuitively manage smart technologies in a hospital and positively impact high-quality patient care.”

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Cole is passionate about the intersection of blockchain and finance. Cole has worked with blockchain startups, venture capital firms, and brokerages. Cole specializes in business development, growth, strategy, and research. Cole recently graduated from The Ohio State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics. Cole is currently based in the Greater New York City area.

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