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BlackBerry subsidiary launches new OS architecture for mHealth

BlackBerry subsidiary launches new OS architecture for mHealth

BlackBerry subsidiary launches new OS architecture for mHealth

by evajoy.ati@hotmail.comAugust 9, 2014

QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, expands mHealth services, with the recent launch of its new Operating System, QNC OS for Medical 1.1, primarily for medical services. The new OS promises to meet the healthcare industry standards and cut costs in developing mHealth devices. It will also help manufacturers gain regulatory approval the U.S Food and Drug Administration, Medical Devices Directive and Medicines, the Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, as well as other federal agencies that oversee these regulations and compliance requisites.

According to QNX, the new mHealth OS is IEC 62304 compliant. It also supports both single-core and multi-core devices with ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors. QNX also says that the OS has diverse API compatibility that can bring about a high degree of software re-usability, which in turn lessens the cost spent on architecture-building as it can be used on various medical procedures, including but not limited to eye surgery, angiography and hemodynamic monitoring systems.

QNX director of product management, Grant Courville said, “When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: Unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy,”

Although several other companies are also joining the race in providing the best platform and services for this $300 million market, BlackBerry aims to catch up with its competitors in mHealth platform and product development. Samsung has just been reported to be developing a new platform for mHealth called SAMI, an open biometric system that enables the device to collect data and correlate it to its wearable device product lines, such as Samsung Gear, and other sports and fitness wearables like the Fitbit and Jawbone. Apple, who refuses to be left behind in this race, has launched HealthKit last June. The HealthKit is a virtual service framework that fosters data sharing between a patient and his physician or care providers and third-party wearables such a Nike’s FuelBand. On the other hand, Microsoft also built a smartwatch that operates not only on Windows phones, but also on iPhone and Android platforms. This smart wearable monitors and tracks the user’s heart rate. Meanwhile, Google also introduced Google Fit, a health platform that aggregates data from various fitness-tracking devices and mHealth applications.

Despite strong competition, BlackBerry is pushing forward. The new mHealth OS is the third addition, this year from BlackBerry, following two major announcements last April: Its collaboration with NantHealth for mobile health devices and the expansion of the BlackBerry app store to offer Axial Exchange’s patient engagement app made available on several models. BlackBerry seems to have a long way to go as far as catching up with its rivals, but BlackBerry seems to be facing it head on.

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