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BlackBerry Introduces Blockchain Platform for Healthcare

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As part of its transition into security and computing, software and smartphone company and BlackBerry has released a blockchain-powered platform.

The new product trains its focus on the healthcare field, according to a press release.

The announcement bared that BlackBerry has collaborated with technology company ONEBIO to work on a blockchain-backed “ultra-secure” ecosystem. The system is geared for the storage and sharing of medical data, where data can be input by patients, laboratories, and Internet of Things (IoT) biometric devices. Once keyed in, data will be anonymized and shared with researchers.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen remarked:

“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.”

Among other products, BlackBerry also presented a real-time operating system for the development of robotic surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and other safety-critical products that still must pass regulatory approval.

At one time BlackBerry held 50 percent of the global smartphone market. However in 2016, the firm held less than 0.1 percent. While BlackBerry remains in the smartphone business, the recent blockchain initiative is telling of the firm’s move into other realms.

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