How secure is BBM?


BBM is secure enough to protect Doctor/Patient privilege and comply with healthcare data laws, as entrusted by NantHealth with their HBOX device unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

HBOX uses BlackBerry services, including BBM, to transmit information about a patient to doctors and hospitals and communicate with patients. The information might include data for DNA analysis and for identifying ailments like cancer and heart disease. It can capture weight, blood pressure, heart rate and medication in real time.

HBOX will transfer information to be analyzed by NantHealth’s supercomputers, analyzing their genes and sending information directly to the doctor’s Blackberry Passport. Genetic data can be viewed directly on the smartphone.

What does it use for secure communication? The same thing you do (hopefully). BlackBerry Messaging Service or BBM . Powered by QNX.

Why not the more popular WhatsApp used commonly in Android and iOS devices? Don’t even ask.

This deal is setting the precedent for many medical and commercial applications to come. It is a showcase for QNX in the Internet of Things, secure communication and data transfer, and BlackBerry devices in the hands of medical professionals.

Keep an eye on NantHealth. It is setting the stage. If BlackBerry can handle the Internet of MEDICAL Things, the Internet of your Stuff should be no sweat.




I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • ray689

    Where is Mossberg or whatever his name is?

  • ital1

    The key point here is that the data travels within the secure BlackBerry infrastructure.