BlackBerry, Sharecare team-up to enable secure communication


BlackBerry is teaming-up with digital health and wellness engagement platform maker Sharecare to provide consumers with “better and more secure insights into their health.”

Sharecare counts more than 41 million users who have shared more than 6 billion data points about their health status and habits. The service uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile where each user can access their health resources in one place, and connect to the care they need. BlackBerry kicks in at the moment when that information needs to be shared with third parties, and will provide its BBM messaging and VOIP infrastructure capabilities to make the process secure.

Under the deal, BlackBerry will integrate Sharecare’s proprietary fractal voice analysis into its secure messaging to increase consumer self-awareness, reduce stress and improve relationships. Moreover, the companies will allow consumers to safely store, manage and update their health information in one place, enable doctors and healthcare professionals to privately communicate with patients, and offer secure telehealth services.

“At Sharecare, we strive to make healthcare more accessible by allowing consumers to ask, learn and act on their health and wellness, and we recognize mobility is an integral way consumers live, transact and interact,” Jeff Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Sharecare, said in a statement. “With BlackBerry, we are safeguarding against vulnerabilities and taking responsibility to address privacy concerns in the healthcare industry.”

BBM works on a number of platforms, including iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.