BlackBerry forges ahead in healthcare

July 16, 2014 in Medical Technology

This is far from BlackBerry’s first big move into the healthcare space. Just this April, the telecommunication behemoth announced it was financially backing cloud-based health IT company NantHealth, a startup spearheaded by billionaire healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD. 


“The systems that are currently structured really don’t talk to each other, the proprietary systems, the systems that are based on really old software that’s not interoperable,” said Soon-Shiong in an interview with Healthcare IT News earlier this year. And the financial backing from BlackBerry will further support NantHealth’s clinical operation system that has captured some 3 billion vital signs in the cloud. 


“We’ve built supercomputers that can do the genomic analysis in real-time; we’ve built super computers that can actually take feeds of CT scans from EMRs and feed it directly to mobile devices. All of that, regardless of where it comes from, regardless of the EMR, regardless of the device, whether it be via ventilator, or IV tube, we’re agnostic to, and it speaks to this operating system,” said Soon-Shiong. 


BlackBerry’s stock is up almost 22 percent from July 2013.

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