BlackBerry bets on healthcare via NantHealth
April 16, 2014
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. has announced an investment in NantHealth, a U.S. firm launched by self-made billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (pictured), an innovator in the treatment of cancer and diabetes who made his fortune creating and selling successful pharmaceutical companies.
The two companies intend to collaborate on the development of highly secure, integrated clinical systems that transform the delivery of medical care – particularly in the area of analytics.
NantHealth, based in Culver City, Calif., is a cloud-based medical IT provider transforming the delivery of healthcare for providers, patients and payers through real-time connectivity, high performance computing and decision support.
“This investment and planned collaboration aligns with the security and versatility of BlackBerry’s end-to-end solutions – from the embedded QNX operating system powering complex medical devices to secure cloud-based networks to instantaneous information sharing over BBM Protected,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen.
“NantHealth is a proven innovator in developing leading platforms that allow medical professionals to share information and deliver care efficiently,” said Chen. “BlackBerry’s capabilities align closely with NantHealth’s and this investment represents the type of forward-looking opportunities that are vital to our future.”
Founded by medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantHealth works to transform clinical delivery with clinical intelligence at the moment of decision, enabling clinical discovery through real-time machine learning systems.
The company’s technology empowers physicians, patients, payers and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. 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.
“BlackBerry’s expertise is incredibly valuable to NantHealth as we expand our platform and make it available for wider deployment through a secure mobile device,” said Soon-Shiong, NantHealth’s founder and a pioneer of pharmaceutical treatments for both diabetes and cancer. “The future of the healthcare industry requires the ability to share information securely and quickly, whether device-to-device or doctor-to-doctor anywhere and at any time.
“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.”
Details of the intended collaboration are being developed, but Chen and Soon-Shiong said they see significant opportunities because:
- QNX is established as a real-time embedded operating system for mission-critical medical diagnostic and monitoring devices in hospitals and homecare environments;
- BBM Protected is an upcoming, secure communication platform that could connect healthcare providers, field service workers, emergency personnel, patients and family members;
- NantHealth’s Clinical Operating System (cOS) platform is the first operating system of its kind in healthcare. The platform integrates the knowledge base with the delivery system and the payment system, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost;
- NantHealth and BlackBerry can combine secure cloud-based and supercomputing services to provide data integration, decision support and analytics; and
- BlackBerry’s devices are the global standard for secure communication and collaboration.
“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.”
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.
NantHealth, a member of the NantWorks family of companies, is a transformational healthcare IT company converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care, in the time of need, anywhere, anytime. NantHealth works to transform clinical delivery with actionable clinical intelligence at the moment of decision, enabling clinical discovery through real-time machine learning systems. The company’s technology empowers physicians, patients, payers and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. By converging molecular science, computer science and big data technology the NantHealth Clinical Operating System (cOS) platform empowers physicians, patients, and payers to coordinate best care, monitor outcomes and control cost in real time. This is the first operating system of its kind in healthcare that is based on supply chain principles and grid service oriented architecture, that integrates the knowledge base with the delivery system and the payment system, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost. For more information please visit www.nanthealth.com and follow Dr. Soon-Shiong on Twitter @solvehealthcare.