BlackBerry, the software company and former producer of an eponymous mobile phone line, announced on Thursday its plans for a new blockchain platform aimed at storing and sharing medical data.
The company stated in a press release that it would use its "carrier-grade network operations center" (NOC) to support the digital ledger, which would be developed by the ONEBIO biotech incubator. It would be specifically used to securely store data from patients, laboratories and monitors.
The BlackBerry NOC is responsible for creating an "ultra-secure global ecosystem," the statement said, noting that data can be entered by both the biometric devices of the Internet of Things and individuals.
The platform would also be able to share such data anonymously with researchers.
The first BlackBerry client will be the Global Commission to end the diagnostic odyssey for children with a rare disease, an organization dedicated to helping children quickly find diagnoses of rare diseases.
The version continued:
"Co-chaired by Shire, the world's leading biotech focused on rare diseases, one of the Global Commission's technology pilots will explore how the new BlackBerry solution could provide real-time analytics while the Commission seeks to use technology to reduce diagnosis ".
BlackBerry joins other traditional smartphone developers to venture into the encrypted world.
Previously, Nokia had "wet its feet" collaborating with the Streamr blockchain data platform and with the software company OSIsoft, in an attempt to allow users to monetize their personal data.
The aim of the project is to allow users to "buy and sell" data streams in real time through smart ethereum contracts. They have introduced a token for these transactions called DATACoin
Another company, HTC, is going even further with its new Exodus smartphone. Intended to be released by the end of the year, Exodus aims to provide users with the ability to store their private keys on their phone instead of separate hardware and software portfolios.
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