BlackBerry announced a wave of recent partnerships with various organizations in the healthcare sector, where it will showcase its one-of-a-kind platform using the Enterprise of Things (EoT), according to a press release dated October 4.
Named BlackBerry Spark, the flagship system is said to be designed and built for “ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from the kernel to the edge.”
All At Once
BlackBerry Spark was launched in September, as a platform which will enable users to “create entirely new user experiences” that will utilize the advantage of hyperconnectivity, according to its website.
John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, said in the announcement yesterday:
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.
As such, the company has announced a barrage of partnerships with different healthcare organizations, including the Global Commission, which focuses on ending the diagnostic odyssey for children contracting rare diseases. BlackBerry will offer its carrier-grade network operation center (NOC) to power a blockchain digital ledger courtesy of ONEBIO to extend help to the commission, specifically in offering a global ecosystem for sharing and storing medical data.
BlackBerry will allow the said commission in launching a pilot program which promises real-time, actionable analysis so as to help the commission shorten the needed time to pronounce an accurate diagnosis.
Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT)
At the same time, BlackBerry is partnering with the Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2) to realize the latter’s smart healthcare technology vision, particularly in research, education, and training, while improving healthcare practices, treatments, and service delivery models, to name a few.
BlackBerry will be offering its flagship platform to help Mi2 explore new ways to manage smart technologies in the hospital setting. Richard Tam, Chief Financial Officer of Mi2 , said that they will focus on comprehensive security, intelligent connectivity, and patient privacy, all the while realizing the vision of the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT).
Advancing Fight Against Melanoma
Finally, the company has signed a partnership with the world-renowned Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), which has paved the way for the prevention and cure of melanoma, a type of cancer which mainly occurs in the skin.
BlackBerry will help the institute expand its research, specifically to securely share critical research information and patient records in a tightly-regulated environment.
Ernie White, CIO of the said healthcare institute, iterated that their priority is to advance the treatment of the said disease, so any and every new technology must back the “clinical journey” for their clinicians, instead of interrupting 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,” White continued, “BlackBerry Workspaces strikes that balance between security and ease-of-use, while helping to meet data compliance and our own digital transformation goals.”
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