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BlackBerry buys stake in medical company NantHealth, integrates BBM in healthcare systems

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BlackBerry buys stake in medical company NantHealth, integrates BBM in healthcare systems

With BlackBerry cutting costs left and right, one wouldn't expect it to splurge for new companies and other major expenses, but what did you know - BB is buying a stake in NantHealth. This is a company working on connecting medical devices and sharing of digital health records. While its founder, Patrick Soon-Shiong, didn't disclose how much BlackBerry invested, he revealed that future BB devices will support NantHealth's cOS (clinical Operating System) - a platform which integrates a knowledge base, delivery system, and payment system, enabling coordinated care at a lower cost. 


NantHealth will also utilize BBM Protected for secure communication between doctors and patients. The NantHealth platform is installed at approximately 250 hospitals, and connects more than 16,000 medical devices collecting more than 3 billion vital signs annually.


CEO John Chen commented that "BlackBerry's capabilities align closely with NantHealth's and this investment represents the type of forward-looking opportunities that are vital to our future," referring to the company repositioning its focus on the regulated industry. "The future of BlackBerry lies in creative opportunities like this that take our many core disciplines and combine them in ways no one else can match," said Chen. "Healthcare is one of the key industries in which we have unique advantages and this investment reflects our commitment to maximize our opportunities there."


source: BlackBerry via Re/code


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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:04 1

1. ronn_eh (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Probably..........the best move they could make.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:45

2. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


That pic. Is that what BlacBerry's logo implies?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:49

3. sipha (Posts: 292; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Blackberry is buying stakes??
Hahahahahahahahahahaha, hooh

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 01:28

11. andynaija (Posts: 470; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Well it is a blackberry so, my answer would be yes.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:07 1

4. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


BlackBerry

looking for any route and way to stay relevant and maintain a market share. BBM has quite a small install base of hundreds of people I know I know none with BBM.

WhatsApp. GoogleTalk or Facebook Messenger would have probably been better.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:53

6. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


BBM has a subscriber base of 113 MILLION. 85 million of which are active, day-to-day users.

I don't know where you got the "hundreds" number from, but it's incorrect.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 14:04 1

7. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


"People I know" I know no one with BBM and never have. Are these statistics overseas only or in the US partially.

With BBM being a multiplatform app im certain a large percentage of those installs wouldnt be on a Blackberry device. If so not many,

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 14:38

8. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


These are overall statistics. They were mentioned in the reporting of BlackBerry's latest quarterly results.

I personally know several people with BBM and interact with them on a daily basis through BBM.

There are roughly over 30 million users of BBM that are Android and iOS users.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:50 1

5. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


This is a good move for BlackBerry. I think that those who are commenting negatively don't understand just how good a move this is, and don't understand how this plays quite nicely with the direction that John Chen is taking the company in. BlackBerry is not just in the smartphone / security / MDM / EDM, etc, business....they are transforming into a software and services company which will be heavily invested in end-to-end solutions. This is just one way for them to go about it. Look to see more of these types of investments from BlackBerry in the future.

We have to shed our old ideas of what BlackBerry is. There is a new era coming about for BlackBerry, and in the next few years we will be looking at a very different company, successful in the niches that they will be involved in.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 14:43

9. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Go to cnbc.com. There is an inyerview where John Chen goes more in-depth about why they are investing in health care. Sheds a lot of light on the subject, and is worth a read.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 14:44

10. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


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