BlackBerry announces new partnership in blockchain-backed platform focused on healthcare

According to a press release published on 4th of October, software company and former smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has released a blockchain-powered platform.

Blackberry announced that they partnered with technology firm ONEBIO to develop a blockchain-backed ecosystem.

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, where information can be entered by patients, laboratories, and Internet of Things (IoT) biometric devices. Once entered, data will further be anonymized and shared with researchers.

John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry said:

“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”

BlackBerry is offering this new secure blockchain solution for the first time to the Global Commission, an organization focused on ending the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease.

Approved contributors in the network, such as scientists and doctors at different hospitals, can use BlackBerry Workspaces to save and share data from medical histories and clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of treatments and interventions. The easy-to-use, encrypted collaboration solution will enable researchers to share timely clinical data, reduce the risk of data leakage, and accelerate research efforts.

While some years ago BlackBerry controlled 50 percent of the global smartphone market, in 2016 the firm controlled less than 0.1 percent. Even though they are still in the smartphone business, as they will release its latest smartphone iteration on October 10, with this new announcement BlackBerry is indicating a move into other fields.