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BlackBerry Recruits Blockchain in Healthcare Services

Redwan Eid | Oct. 5, 2018
BlackBerry Recruits Blockchain in Healthcare Services

Blackberry announced in a press release yesterday, that it recently released a blockchain-powered platform, according to Cointelegraph.

The software company that used to formerly sit on the crown of smartphones, announced its partnership with the technology company of ONEBIO, to to develop a blockchain-backed “ultra-secure” ecosystem.

The step comes as part of the company’s focus on security and computing, as per the aforementioned website.

The company informed that the system is designed for storing and sharing medical data, where patients can insert the info themselves, in addition to laboratories and Internet of Things (IoT) biometric devices.

In his turn, John Chen- CEO of Blackberry, confirmed that data will be exposed to researchers anonymously.

"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.", added Chen.

It was reported earlier that Blackberry took similar steps before, in presenting a “real-time operating systems” for the development of robotic surgical instruments, in addition to systems that contribute in monitoring patients’ health, along with other safety-critical products that must pass regulatory approval.

It is worth mentioned, that after it reached earlier its peak, embodied with 50 percent of the global smartphone market, in 2016 the firm could barely control less than 0.1 percent.

Blackberry on the other hand plans to release its latest smartphone interaction on Oct. 10.

Observers read that its blockchain initiative is a sig of the company’s expansion to other domains.

BlackBerry’s NOC and Blockchain Technology

“The company will be using its renowned carrier-grade network operation center (NOC) to power a blockchain digital ledger, provided by ONEBIO, to create an ultra-secure global ecosystem for the storing and sharing of medical data. For example, data could be inputted by patients, laboratories, and IoT biometric devices, and then anonymized so this data can be shared with researchers.”, the smartphone company mentioned in the release published Oct. 4.

BlackBerry offers this new secure blockchain solution for the first time to the Global Commission, an organization focused on ending the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease.

“Co-chaired by Shire, the leading global biotech focused on rare diseases, one of the Global Commission’s technology pilots will explore how Blackberry’s new solution might provide real-time, actionable analysis as the Commission seeks to use technology to shorten the time to diagnosis” added the post. 

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