Blackberry Makes Healthcare Move, Invests in NantHealth | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Blackberry Makes Healthcare Move, Invests in NantHealth

April 15, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Blackberry, a well-known smartphone Waterloo, Ontario company based in Canada, is making a move into healthcare, with an investment into NantHealth.

NantHealth, a Culver City, Calif.-based company, has a cloud-based clinical decision platforms for providers. Its accountable care organization (ACO) and patient-centered medical home (PCMH) products integrate care management systems, patient portals, margin management systems, and clinical operating systems. Its technology has gotten the eyes of other investors in the past, with the company getting a $31 million in 2013, and the company claims is installed at 250 hospitals.

Blackberry is interested in NantHealth to develop privacy systems for mobile, the companies said. It plans on establishing a real-time operating system for mission-critical medical diagnostic and monitoring devices in hospitals and homecare environments. NantHealth says the mobile phone maker is valuable in terms of making its platform more widely available through a secure mobile device.

“The potential to integrate BlackBerry's secure mobile communications, along with the company's QNX embedded technology, will put the power of a supercomputer in the palm of the caregiver's hand. Providing actionable information at the time of need will significantly improve the efficiency of healthcare and, more importantly, the efficacy of care for the patient,” Soon-Shiong, NantHealth's founder, said in a statement.

The price of the investment is unclear, although Reuters says it buys Blackberry a minority stake in the company.

 

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.