BlackBerry launches blockchain-based medical data sharing service

BlackBerry will offer a blockchain-based data service for healthcare provides, in order to improve the security of medical data sharing.

The company will use its network operation centre (NOC) to power the digital ledger, which will allow patients, laboratories, or IoT biometric devices to input data that would then be anonymised and shared with researchers.

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, said: “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.”

The service is initially being offered to the Global Commission for use in diognostics for children with a rare disease, and this pilot program will explore how the service could be used to provide real-time actionable analytics.

The announcement comes alongside a wider effort from BlackBerry to support the healthcare system through new technologies. For example, the Mackenzie Innovation Institute will use the BlackBerry Spark EoT platform with its own ‘smart’ 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,” said 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.”

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