BlackBerry, NantHealth unveil next-gen HBox device

BlackBerry, NantHealth unveil next-gen HBox device

BlackBerry and NantHealth unveiled the next generation of the NantHealth HBox, a portable medical device that captures and transmits secure medical data between the patient, doctor and hospital.

Powered by BlackBerry’s QNXNeutrino OS, the mobile medical device is able to communicate with all legacy computers and devices in healthcare institutions. At the moment, HBox collects three billion vital signs annually and transmits that data to thousands of medical devices and 250 hospitals throughout the U.S.

The QNX enabled HBox will be compatible with BlackBerry’s BES enterprise mobility management platform in the coming months.“With HBox, we have created a ‘human signal’ capturing device that automatically and securely transmits, through our HIPAA-compliant ‘NantCloud,’ critical medical data and vital signs to the mission control center,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., founder and CEO of NantHealth. “Instantly and safely connecting the patient with the doctor and hospital allows for a higher quality of healthcare, expediting diagnosis and treatment, as well as more efficiently and accurately providing vital information into the hands of those in need.”

The QNX enabled HBox will be compatible with BlackBerry’s BES enterprise mobility management platform in the coming months to allow deployment in a HIPAA-secured environment.

The HBox marks the second product resulting from the collaboration of BlackBerry and NantHealth. Last month, the two companies announced the first secure clinical genome browser, the NantOmics Cancer Genome Browser, which provides doctors unprecedented access to patients’ genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone.