Although Blackberry is still launching new smartphones, there have been rumors that it was planning to shut down handset production, because of poor sales. Nothing has yet been confirmed, but the latest news point into a whole different direction: it appears that BlackBerry plans of jumping on the health bandwagon and launch a new health-oriented smartphone. BlackBerry’s health-oriented smartphone could happen sooner than you might think. Read on and find out what Blackberry’s up to.
BlackBerry has begun collaborating with Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is the founder of health care IT company called NantHealth. Together they are planning to release a novel smartphone which would be completely focused on maintaining the owner’s health.
BlackBerry’s Health-Oriented Smartphone is Ambitious
The company hopes to deliver their novel smartphone to the public by the end of the year, but what does BlackBerry’s health-oriented smartphone really entails? Apparently, the phone will have integrated two features that are quite unknown to the public: NantHealth’s cOS (Clinical Operating System) and also NantMobile’s iD Browser. The first is an OS which plans to improve the doctors’ and patients’ access to health data and the latter is a system of smart scanning with the help of a smartphone camera.
The cOS will grab information from around 1,500 types of medical devices (including IV drips and glucose monitors) and it is analyze and store it. This is absolutely amazing, if you think about it. Any doctor could see your whole clinical history and information, if you choose to share it with them.
Soon-Shiong believes that at the moment most of the important medical information is divided in ways that make it hard for the doctors to use it. Every hospital you’ve ever been to has a file on you and it is stored God knows where. With cOS, all the data will not only be stored in one location, but you’ll have access to it.
BlackBerry’s health-oriented smartphone that will run cOS will most likely be a huge hit. cOS will allow physicians and patients to access large amounts of data that will certainly help speed things up for the diagnostics and treatment of patients.
The iD browser is another wonderful and quite simple idea that has been around for quite a while. Point your smartphone towards a movie poster and you’ll be prompted with the option of reading reviews, buying tickets for it or see a trailer.
If these two features will be implemented into BlackBerry’s health-oriented smartphone, then we’re certain it will cause quite a buzz. Are you looking forward to this novel smartphone? Do you think cOS is a good idea? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.