BlackBerry acquires NantHealth

By Staff Reporter

Apr 15, 2014 05:54 PM EDT

Embattled smartphone maker BlackBerry has acquired minority holdings in US healthcare IT Company NantHealth. Both companies are planning to integrate a smartphone to the medical industry, reported TechCrunch.

In a report from Reuters, the two firms said that they have been working out a development plan for a smartphone that would heed the needs of the healthcare industry. The launch of the said smartphone was eyed later this year or early 2015. This was according to BlackBerry’s head of corporate development and strategic planning unit, Jim Mackley.

The planned healthcare linked smartphone would still be able to have standard features including playing games, watch videos and download other apps, reported TechCrunch.

Mackley also added, “We do plan to make the device available for all, but it will be optimized for viewing 3D images and CT scans.”

Canada’s BlackBerry is looking at reorganizing the smartphone manufacturer under new leadership with CEO John Chen.

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