BlackBerry, a Canadian multinational company specializing in enterprise software, announced its entrance into the blockchain and healthcare industry as it introduced a system, called BlackBerry Spark, to transform the “global delivery of patient care enabled by the Enterprise of Things (EOT)”.
The company plans to use BlackBerry Spark to “leverage healthcare endpoints to improve patient outcomes while ensuring security and data privacy”. According to John Chen, the CEO and Executive Chairman of BlackBerry, the company will utilize its knowledge of “security, data privacy, and communication work in regulated industries” to improve healthcare.
More specifically, Blackberry will be using its renowned network operation center to power a blockchain ledger. The ledger will be provided by ONEBIO, and it will attempt to create a digital ecosystem for storing and sharing of medical data.
This initiative could have potentially mammoth effects in the medical and scientific industry. Data from patients, laboratories, and IoT biometric devices could be anonymized and share with researchers or doctors from all around the world, accelerating the rate of research and data sharing.
Healthcare companies are already joining hands with BlackBerry to test the new technology. Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2) will reportedly be one of the first to partner with BlackBerry and test the platform. Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) is another partner of the program that will use the tech to help cure melanoma.
Most people remember BlackBerry for their practical smartphones that plagued businessmen during the mid-2000’s, but hopefully their new initiative could bring the company back into the limelight. The success of their platform would greatly transform the healthcare industry for the better.