Disregard the excitement of the launch of Apple’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, as Blackberry is taking a bold step into healthcare!
After losing ground in the smartphone race, Canadian phone maker Blackberry Limited has decided to venture into a new field by launching a healthcare service platform that will integrate thousands of medical devices to enable early detection of illnesses in India.
Blackberry has allied with NantHealth, which makes medical device interoperability systems, to develop a service platform designed to aggregate data from thousands of devices in order to generate insight into the spread of disease.
The companies plan to offer a smartphone designed to tap into the medical device network to integrate data from a variety of devices, including ECG machines, scanners and other systems. Blackberry’s platform will also provide analytics and decision support.
“Work has started on it but we haven’t finalized an official launch date,” said Sunil Lalvani, managing director of BlackBerry India. “We are running trials with multiple hospitals in India. It includes integration with different hospital information systems as well as various medical equipment.”