Blackberry Passport phones to contain Cancer Genome browser

By Jay Jay

Beleaguered smartphone maker Blackberry is now aiming for the healthcare market for the Blackberry passport- its square offering with the launch of a secure cancer genome browser that will allow doctors to access genetic data on the smartphone securely.

Aiming to cash in on the increase in tech-based healthcare, Blackberry bought a minority stake in NantHealth, a move channeled by its CEO John Chen, earlier this year. 

The browser, available pre-installed in Blackberry Passport phones, will enable physicians to access core interactive reporting on genomics data, and accordingly take decisions on how to treat their patients. The phone is also designed in a way that physicians will be able to view their reports, X-rays and scans better than in most screens.

Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chief Executive of NantHealth said, "Our partnership with BlackBerry has really been able to create a scalable super-computer in the palm of the hands of the doctor.” The move seems to be the first step taken by Blackberry towards commercializing its phones, even as emerging Android players are relegating it to new lows in consumer market.

The new browser may even be launched in rival platforms, but will continue to run on Blackberry’s network.

The launch is set to take place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas come January.

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