Blackberry has invested an undisclosed amount in California based NantHealth, a cloud-based medical IT provider. NantHealth’s speciality is to connect medical devices to digitally share healthcare records.
The company connects more than 16,000 medical devices and already exists within 250 hospitals, collecting more than 3 billion vital signs a year according to BlackBerry.
BlackBerry and NantHealth plan to collaborate to facilitate the secure transfer of medical records and further expand their services in the healthcare field.
“I think it can turn their company around because of the sheer volume of customers they would potentially reach out to,” said David Felton, founder of Canaan Technology, a BlackBerry partner. “The mindset in the health-care market is that you do lose some convenience for security. It would be a more natural fit to outfit someone with a BlackBerry. It’s a lot more acceptable to be handed a device that has strong locks on it. They’d be able to say ‘I have BlackBerry because it’s a tool, not an iPhone because it’s a toy.’ ”
“NantHealth is a proven innovator in developing leading platforms that allow medical professionals to share information and deliver care efficiently,” said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry. “BlackBerry’s capabilities align closely with NantHealth’s, and this investment represents the type of forward-looking opportunities that are vital to our future.”