BlackBerry is bewitched by the blockchain as it aims to bring ‘Enterprise of Things’ to healthcare

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BlackBerry has announced a series of partnerships to focus its ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiative into the healthcare space – including a move towards blockchain technologies.

The company is working with ONEBIO, a peer-to-peer marketplace for biodata, to power a blockchain digital ledger with the aim of creating a fully secure global ecosystem for medical data. Data can be put on the ledger, such as from patients, laboratories, or IoT devices, and then anonymised so researchers could benefit from it.

BlackBerry also has a prospective client – the blockchain product is being offered to the Global Commission, an organisation which is focused on improving the accuracy and efficiency of diagnoses for children with 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,” the company noted.

While the blockchain initiative grabbed the headlines, arguably the most impressive from a security standpoint was the launch of a new operating system for secure medical devices. QNX OS for Medical 2.0 will be an operating system for tasks such as patient monitoring, blood analysis, building robotic surgical instruments, as well as other highly regulated jobs.

Another client is the Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), which has chosen BlackBerry as a platform to share critical research data and patient records.

The company’s long-term strategy of the ‘Enterprise of Things’ – and even longer-term of pivoting towards software with security at its heart – appears to be paying dividends. In July, the company rekindled its long-standing partnership with Samsung, allowing enterprise customers to manage Samsung devices through BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management platform, as well as Samsung KNOX.

“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, CEO of BlackBerry. Interested in hearing leading global brands discuss subjects like this in person? Find out more at the Blockchain Expo World Series, Global, Europe and North America.

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