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BlackBerry CEO John Chen says NantHealth Investment makes sense

Yesterday, BlackBerry announced their collaboration with NantHealth. Writing on CNBC, BlackBerry CEO John Chen explained in a little more detail why BlackBerry decided to partner with NantHealth. He said the main part of their strategy for turning around BlackBerry is about taping into the “interconnected systems that make up the Internet of Things.” He said this will enable the company to deploy its “assets and capabilities” to assist industries, making them run more smoothly and securely.

BlackBerry said they will also collaborate with NantHealth to change how healthcare is delivered to patients. He spoke highly of the company’s cloud-based operating system which isn’t connected to a particular device or electronic health record.

He said about 250 hospitals have installed NantHealth’s platform, which connects over 16,000 medical devices which collectively record over 3 billion patient vital signs every year. Chen believes that this is the direction in which healthcare is going, noting how important technology is in the industry because it enables doctors and other healthcare workers to share information and understand “conflicting signals” which can mean life or death.

Chen also noted that as the healthcare industry moves in this direction a more security infrastructure is going to be needed. He emphasized BlackBerry’s reputation for security within the technology field, saying that they would ensure practices and hospitals comply with privacy laws while also make billing procedures much easier. He also said they want to play a role in helping healthcare workers make the most of mobility.

Spefically, the CEO said the Internet of Things would be able to connect blood pressure or electrocardiograph machines to a doctor’s smartphone. Of course in such a scenario, privacy and reliability are major concerns, and he emphasized again that these areas are where BlackBerry is the strongest.

Chen also says people keep asking him whether BlackBerry can really have a future in the mobile market, which the company did help create. He said their partnership with NantHealth illustrates the kind of future the company will have. In fact, Chen believes that the security and reliability BlackBerry is known for will be “essential to the next era of computing,” which he sees as being one in which “mobility is fully integrated with the underlying systems that keep the modern world operating.”

Chen listed a number of reasons BlackBerry’s partnership with NantHealth makes sense. He noted that their QNX technology is already used in healthcare settings to monitor patients. In addition, he said new versions of their popular messaging app BBM will provide a secure communication platform for healthcare workers. NantHealth works to integrate a healthcare facility with the larger medical network and payment system.

Together, he believes BlackBerry and NantHealth will be able to “combine secure cloud-based and supercomputing services,” which will allow healthcare workers to “crunch huge amounts of data to aid in accurate diagnoses.” He also added that BlackBerry will work to ensure that sensitive information is available only to those who are authorized to view it.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]

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