Within the last two months we’ve seen Blackberry announce (and possibly hint) at some major Healthcare news-
15 April– announced a partnership with NantHealth to “collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems that transform the delivery of medical care” via cloud-based services.
03 June– announced a native mobile application developed by CellTrak to “offer home healthcare agencies secure access to CellTrak’s HealthLink™ their data integration server.”
09 June– during an interview with Khoirul Amin of the Jakarta Post, BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair John Chen was asked “Do you have any plan to launch other products besides cell phones in Indonesia?”His response was quite telling- “If we will do another thing, we will probably go to phablet. I think if you look at our strategy and if you look at where the market goes, there is definitely a good market for something between a phone and tablet.
I think the phablet could be early, the tablet is already late. That is not a bad thing, because you can bring new technology. But, if I have the opportunity I will go to phablet. […] we will build what the market wants.” (italics added)
11 June– an announcement from Rocky Mountain Human Services a “Denver-based nonprofit that serves nearly 10,000 individuals with cognitive and intellectual impairments. We turned to mobile technology to allow our 350 employees to communicate on-the-go and share critical data and information while visiting and working with children, individuals and families who have suffered brain injuries, developmental delays.”
Their decision was based on #4 factors-
1. Level of Security
2. Remote Control
4. Future Capabilities
Due to the private nature of individuals’ personal medical information the last thing a patient, their physician, hospital, or BlackBerry want to occur is a hack of information – as we’re well aware with the other platforms security is an afterthought and only addressed in a reactionary manner – after it’s too late.