BlackBerry Partners with interRAI to Deliver Efficient Data Collection Solutions in Healthcare
BARCELONA, SPAIN--(March 2, 2015) - MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015 - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced today it will provide software and support to interRAI Canada to assist them in developing mobile versions of intake screening and questionnaires for healthcare running on BlackBerry's secure end-to-end mobile solution. These custom screening applications will mobilize assessment tools and assist interRAI in their studies. The applications will be developed for the BlackBerry 10 platform and leverage the end-to-end security provided by BES12, a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry®, to improve outcomes in acute care and mental health for patients.
interRAI Canada is a research, education and knowledge exchange cluster based at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Its focus is on promoting innovations in data, evidence, and application systems for the health and social service sectors.
"It is critical for us to have the ability to mobilize the interRAI assessment and screening systems to conduct our research and to allow healthcare workers to provide better quality care," said John Hirdes, PhD and Professor, from interRAI Canada. "Our partnership with BlackBerry gives us a secure mobile platform to mobilize our applications and access to an experienced and innovative technology partner in the healthcare field. BlackBerry provides end-to-end healthcare solutions and we're very pleased that we have their support with our initiatives."
The partnership announced today will focus on two very important initiatives. The first will be the development of a time trial application that will track nurses' time per-patient with the goal of improving outcomes in caring for patients with mental health issues. The second initiative is to develop an application that will mobilize an assessment and screening questionnaire that nurses can use to allow them to evaluate the overall health of a patient. Mobilizing the interRAI systems will improve the efficacy in acute care, increase adoption of the questionnaire and improve the quality of care to frail older persons in hospitals. Once developed, these applications will be used in clinical trials across interRAI's global network of doctors, nurses and health practitioners.
"We're excited to be partnering closely with interRAI on these two projects to provide innovative solutions for healthcare workers, and ultimately to provide better care for patients," said Marty Beard, COO at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry delivers a secure cross-platform, deeply integrated communications engine for the exchange of health information and our partnership with interRAI underscores our ongoing commitment to being at the forefront of innovation in healthcare."
BlackBerry is the leading platform for secure mobile communications and cross-platform application management. The BlackBerry platform enables solutions that provides organizations in healthcare with the best in security and privacy of sensitive data while supporting HIPAA compliant environments.
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.
Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry's forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.
BlackBerry Media Relations
(519) 888-7465 x77273