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BlackBerry to Launch Blockchain for Medical Data Sharing

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BlackBerry Limited has now come up with a blockchain solution for secure data sharing among healthcare providers in order to improve patient outcomes.

The company is using its network operation center (NOC) to power a blockchain digital ledger that aims to create a secure global system for storing and sharing patient medical data, a release states. The blockchain is provided by Onebio, a peer-to-peer marketplace for biodata.

BlackBerry, the longtime developer of smartphones and tablets, has recently unveiled BlackBerry Spark, an Enterprise of Things (EoT) platform, that aims to transform the global delivery of healthcare data. John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, stated:

“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.”

The new blockchain solution by BlackBerry would enable the data inputted by patients, laboratories, and IoT biometric devices to remain tamper-proof and anonymous, so that the data can be shared with researchers. The company is offering this secure distributed ledger solution for the first time to the Global Commission, which works to end the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease, the report added.

A tech pilot by Global Commission is said to explore BlackBerry’s new solution on how it would provide real-time, actionable analysis to shorten the diagnosis time.

Also, BlackBerry has launched new QNX operating system for Medical 2.0. This OS aims to develop robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, etc. With the announcement comes BlackBerry’s partnership with Mackenzie Innovation Institute, which is exploring the BlackBerry Spark EoT platform for its healthcare tech. Richard Tam, CFO of the institute said:

“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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