BlackBerry Limited followed the news of its BlackBerry Spark platform with announcing its customer-driven projects that hope to transform the global delivery of patient care enabled by the Enterprise of Things (EoT).
“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, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry.
The company will be using its network operation center (NOC) to power a block chain digital ledger, provided by ONEBIO, to create a secure network for storing and sharing medical data. Data will be entered by patients, laboratories and IoT biometric devices, and then turned anonymous so the data can be shared with researchers.
BlackBerry is offering this solution to the Global Commission, an organization focused on ending the diagnostic journey for children with a rare disease. One of the Global Commission’s technology pilots hopes to explore how BlackBerry’s solution will provide real-time, actionable analysis, while also hoping to use the technology to shorten the time to diagnosis.
BlackBerry Launches Operating System for Medical Devices
BlackBerry’s QNX OS complies with IEC 62304 safety-certification standards, and is 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.
Blackberry and Mackenzie Innovation Institute Partnership
The Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2) is using the security and connectivity between the BlackBerry Spark EoT platform and its progress with ‘smart’ healthcare technology.
“By developing a deeper understanding and exploring how our ‘smart’ systems operate with BlackBerry Spark, we aim to uncover new ways to connect, protect and intuitively manage smart technologies in a hospital and positively impact high-quality patient care,” says Richard Tam, Chief Financial Officer of Mi2. “Together, we will focus on comprehensive security, patient privacy and intelligent connectivity, all the while achieving the vision of the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT).”
Advancing Skin Cancer Research
After a successful trial, the Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) has chosen BlackBerry to enable researchers to share critical research data and patient records in a secure and regulated environment.
Approved contributors in the network, such as scientists and doctors, will use BlackBerry Workspaces to save and share data from clinical trials. The encrypted collaboration solution will allow researchers to share data, mitigate the chance of data leakage and help speed up research efforts.
Ernie White, Chief Information Officer of Melanoma Institute of Australia said, “Our priority is to advance the treatment of melanoma, so any new technology must support the clinical journey for our clinicians, not interrupt it. As we continue to expand our research network, Melanoma Institute Australia is accelerating how our researchers can freely collaborate in a very regulated environment, while maintaining data integrity. BlackBerry Workspaces strikes that balance between security and ease-of-use, while helping to meet data compliance and our own digital transformation goals.”