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

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

With BlackBerry cutting costs left andright, one wouldn't expect it to splurge for new companies and othermajor expenses, but what did you know - BB is buying a stake inNantHealth. This is a company working on connecting medical devicesand sharing of digital health records. While its founder, PatrickSoon-Shiong, didn't disclose how much BlackBerry invested, herevealed that future BB devices will support NantHealth's cOS(clinical Operating System) - a platform which integrates aknowledge base, delivery system, and payment system, enablingcoordinated care at a lower cost. 

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

CEO John Chen commented that"BlackBerry's capabilities align closely with NantHealth's andthis investment represents the type of forward-looking opportunitiesthat are vital to our future," referring to the companyrepositioning its focus on the regulated industry. "Thefuture of BlackBerry lies in creative opportunities like this thattake our many core disciplines and combine them in ways no one elsecan match," said Chen. "Healthcare is one of the keyindustries in which we have unique advantages and this investmentreflects our commitment to maximize our opportunities there."

source: BlackBerry via Re/code



10. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

* interview

9. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Go to 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.

5. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

4. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

6. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

7. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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,

8. SleekGeek

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

3. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Blackberry is buying stakes?? Hahahahahahahahahahaha, hooh

11. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

1. ronn_eh

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

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