Blockchain Platform For Medical Data Introduced By BlackBerry

Blockchain, News | October 5, 2018 By:

Software company and smartphone maker BlackBerry is devloping a blockchain platform for storing and sharing of medical data.

BlackBerry announced on Thursday that it has partnered with biotech incubator ONEBIO to create a blockchain solution, powered by BlackBerry’s network operation center (NOC), that would facilitate safer storage and transfer of medical data. The solution would allow patients, laboratories, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) biometric devices to enter the data, which would then be anonymized for use in medical research.

“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 BlackBerry CEO John Chen.

BlackBerry will be offering the blockchain solution to the Global Commission, an organization focused on ending the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease.

“Co-chaired by Shire, the leading global biotech focused 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,” the company said.

In addition, BlackBerry aslo launched QNX OS, a real-time operating system for the development of robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.

“With QNX OS for Medical 2.0, medical device manufacturers have the assurance of using trusted software field-proven in thousands of life-critical environments, including in FDA Class III medical devices.” BalckBerry said.