BlackBerry, NantHealth put genome browser on Passport

The collaboration, first in what the companies hope will be a series of offerings, highlights how BlackBerry is going after regulated verticals such as healthcare.

BlackBerry and NantHealth, a health analytics company, said they will combine to launch a clinical genome browser on the Passport.

The browser, which will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, highlights how BlackBerry is targeting regulated verticals.

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NantHealth provides cloud-based analytics to hospitals. The NantOmics Cancer Genome Browser will provide interactive reporting for oncologists on the Passport. The browser is the first in a series of platforms that BlackBerry and NantHealth are planning.

BlackBerry is pitching the Passport's size, screen and security as advantages for healthcare. For instance, the NantOmics browser is encrypted and can be deployed in a HIPAA environment. In addition, BlackBerry is also pitching its enterprise mobility management tools to hospital technology admins.

Patrick Soon Shiong, M.D., medical director of NantHealth, is leading the charge in using DNA, RNA and proteomics to fight cancer. NantHealth's labs will be operational in early 2015.

Shiong was profiled on 60 Minutes Sunday.

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