Chen says BlackBerry might design a bacteria-free phone for hospitals

Chen says BlackBerry might design a bacteria-free phone for hospitals
BlackBerry CEO John Chen, looking to help BlackBerry sell phones and services to hospitals, says that the company might build bacteria-free handsets. The executive made it clear that such a phone is not yet being developed by the company. The chief medical information officer at regional healthcare provider Mackenzie Health, Aviv Gladman, says that preventing patients from transferring bacteria and infections back and forth is a "huge issue."

According to Gladman, doctors and nurses are supposed to wipe their phone with alcohol every time that enter and exit a hospital room. Handsets can spread germs throughout a hospital. One test conducted by the Journal of Applied Microbiology discovered that 20% to 30% of germs transfer between a phone and a fingertip. According to Gladman, hospital-acquired infections are one of the leading causes of death at hospitals.

Chen says that Healthcare workers will have one less thing to wipe down if hospitals employed bacteria-free 'Berrys. The executive was at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital to announce a partnership with Cisco and ThoughtWire. The trio will supply doctors and nurses at the hospital with a portable messaging and alert system. BlackBerry's role is to provide the software.

John Chen has been trying to move BlackBerry away from the consumer handset market and focus the company on providing software to the enterprise market.

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source: BNN

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25 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this is something for the greater good. It's nice to BlackBerry taking an interest in the publics health, as well as those who serve the public in hospitals. Kudos, BlackBerry.

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Not even bacteria wants a blackberry

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nobody cares what you have to say.

20. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Yet you replied.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

As you just did with me.

14. -Apple___Royalty-

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

We see BlackBerry is on the way to their cave We would like to express our deep condolences to all BlackBerry fans And we like that

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Patriot uses iTard But its not effective on normal users

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm surprised your iPhone stayed on long enough for you to even type that with that blue screen of death/reboot going happening. Oh, wait...that must be that new "battery saving" feature that Apple is about to release. Must have sent it out early.

22. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I think that's Arte-8800, who is a known Apple hater.

19. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Hahahahaha

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Love me some silver-coated phones.

3. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

really?..in BB's position, this is where there thinking is?

4. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

They are still making bb devices, they are planning on making android phones, now they are thinking of making stuff for hospitals, they are already selling devices to government and intelligence agencies ....they are trying their best to survive, unlike nokia.

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

if you can't attract the mainstream market you go for the smaller market that will attract customers with support and interest. think business !

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that healthcare falls under regulated industries, which is one of BlackBerry's strong markets to begin with, it only makes sense that they would build such a device. Smartphones for the consumer market aren't the only way a business can make money. BlackBerry is now diversified and involved in several different markets of business.

7. waddup121 unregistered

yaaay

8. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

If BlackBerry wants to make a bacteria - free/resistant device, all they need to do is use the SD810 & over click the chip to 2.9GHz - I don't think germs & bacteria would stand a chance. /s

9. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

cyanobacteria can survive in extreme temperatures.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Then 810 can take care of that lol

10. sssm23 unregistered

blackberry do it

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"John Chen has been trying to move BlackBerry away from the consumer handset market and focus the company on providing software to the enterprise market." Thats been happening anyway whether he wanted it to or not. And the last part was already being done before he got there.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one said he didn't want to. That's been his plan from the moment he got there.

18. leeTronix

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Oh dear here we go again on the anti Blackberry debate. The iSheep gathering together in a herd waiting to copy someone else because thats why they buy the silly phones. The Droids calmly waiting in the wings making sure their apps actually wont crash before responding and their stability system app tells them they can proceed for a little while. Windows users well errm they show up somewhere usually in a closed window group have group hugs which is nice :) - while iSheep and Droids keep making sure battery can last a few more clicks on their keyboard..... Now we have that out the way.... Blackberry is doing its best its diversifying and looking to other sectors where it can add value, its called getting on with things. No doubt the iSheep and Droids out there will be hissing and snarling because that is what limited intelligence does when you are especially buying bling tech more bling than tech it happens. Look forward to some replies and yes including the tech lemmings that means iSheep and Droids and please be careful not have the urge to leap of a cliff in a fit of sudden anxiety unless your just following your herd than intellectually that would be normal for you to do so :)

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Couldn't have said it better myself. +1.

25. tommartin17

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

great review!

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