BlackBerry joins blockchain league, unveils plans to improve healthcare services 24563 BlackBerry introduces blockchain platform for healthcare
Rakesh Ranjan Parashar
Oct 5, 2018 at 4:37 AM

BlackBerry, the software and services company and former smartphone developer is the newest name to jump on the blockchain bandwagon in an attempt to improve healthcare services and data security. The company announced on Thursday that it plans to develop a new blockchain platform aimed at storing and sharing medical data.

The continuous proliferation of blockchain technology and Internet of Things (IoT) in the healthcare sector has compelled enterprises to take a deep hard look at the sector and think about ways of utilizing these emerging technologies to make the whole process more effective and streamlined.

The firm said in a press release that 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.

The blockchain-based platform would allow the company to anonymously share such data with researchers.

"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," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry.

The company announced that its first client is going to be the Global Commission, an organization focused on ending the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease.

The release goes on to add:

“Co-chaired by Shire, the leading global biotech focuses 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.”

Blackberry is not the only smartphone developer which is trying to make its presence felt in the cryptocurrency and blockchain arena. Earlier this year, another leading phone developer HTC announced that it is developing an Android phone, based on the blockchain. The phone named "Exodus" will host a universal wallet and inbuilt secure hardware for cryptocurrencies and applications powered by distributed ledger technology, as BC Focus reported.

In another such attempt, Finnish telecom biggie Nokia and California based OSlsoft joined hands together with Streamr to allow users to monetize their real-time data with the help of blockchain.

SeeAlso: Nokia To Allow Consumers To Monetize Their Data with Blockchain

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