BlackBerry Helps Advance Skin Cancer Research with Melanoma Institute Australia

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BlackBerry has teamed up with Optus Business in the deployment of BlackBerry Workspaces, for medical research organisation, Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA).

After a successful trial, MIA, which pioneers the prevention and cure of melanoma through world-class research, treatment and education programs, has selected BlackBerry to enable researchers to securely share critical research data and patient records in a heavily regulated environment.

BlackBerry Workspaces is being used by MIA as the secure file storage and collaboration platform for its clinicians, researchers and external stakeholders and, 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.

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.”

New data from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Globocan 2018 database showing that Australia and New Zealand had the highest risk in the world.

The data shows that melanoma accounts for 75% of all skin cancer deaths in Australia, and costs the healthcare system $201 million every year, but this is not isolated.  Invasive Melanoma rates have also increased by annually by 3% in the USA, UK, Sweden and Norway – and the increasing prevalence of the disease around the world underlines why collaboration between researchers has never been more important.

Sara Jost, Global Healthcare Industry Lead at BlackBerry said,

“BlackBerry works with health and research organisations around the world, protecting data, managing risk and improving efficiencies to help doctors, clinicians and researchers treat patients and save lives. We are excited to see how BlackBerry Workspaces will support the world-class Melanoma Institute Australia to securely connect its network to advance research outcomes in Australia for a growing global health issue.” 

John Paitaridis, Managing Director of Optus Business says,

“Healthcare is regularly in the spotlight as one of the most vulnerable sectors to data breaches here in Australia”.

“Optus wants to help change that by partnering with industry-leading organizations to help our customers to shore up defences and provide secure and trusted solutions that help them make that leap from legacy systems to digital transformation. We’re pleased to partner with BlackBerry and Melanoma Institute Australia to implement BlackBerry Workspaces to mitigate security risks, increase collaboration and accelerate outcomes.”

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