BlackBerry’s New Blockchain Network Operation Center (NOC) to Store and Share Medical Data
BlackBerry Breaks into Blockchain Technology With Hopes of Storing and Sharing Medical Information
Most people know the BlackBerry brand because it was one of their first mobile phones. However, this software company has come a long way since then. In an announcement on Thursday, they let the industry know that they are working on a blockchain platform of their own. Rather than adapting to cryptocurrency, they are using this technology for the storage and sharing of medical data.
In the press release, CEO and Executive Chairman John Chen 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 group plans to support this project with their “carrier-grade digital ledger” (NOC), which they are developing with ONEBIO. This technology will only be used for the storage of data, which will come from patient evaluations, labs, and monitors. From there, the NOC will be part of making “an ultra-secure global ecosystem, which lets the information be input by both individuals and by biometric devices via the Internet-of-Things. This information can also be anonymously shared with researchers.
Right now, the first client that BlackBerry is welcoming is the Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children with a Rare Disease, which helps children to be diagnosed with rare conditions. The release elaborated, saying,
“Co-chaired by Shire, the leading global biotech focused on rare diseases, one of the Global Commission's technology pilots will explore how BlackBerry's new solution might provide real-time, actionable analysis as the Commission seeks to use technology to shorten the time to diagnosis.”
BlackBerry isn’t alone in the crypto and blockchain world as a former smartphone developer. Nokia decided to “wet its feet” in the industry with a collaboration between themselves, Streamr, and OSIsoft to make a way for users to monetize their information. Their goal is to use Ethereum smart contracts to let users “buy and sell” data streams, rewarding them with the DATACoin.
HTC is pushing the envelope a little further, releasing the Exodus smartphone. The Exodus is designed to let users have all the functions of a smartphone, while storing their private keys for their crypto wallets.