Monday, June 29, 2015

BlackBerry Wants to Make Bacteria Free Phones

This is a welcome idea that is good for the struggling smartphone maker...

BlackBerry considers bacteria-free phone

BlackBerry may design a bacteria-free smartphone as it bids to become the secure mobile choice for the health-care industry, chief executive John Chen said.

The Canadian mobile manufacturer is partnering with ThoughtWire and Cisco Systems to provide nurses and doctors in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital unit with a portable messaging and alert system. BlackBerry declined to disclose how much it is spending on the project.

Medical equipment in patient rooms, including mobile phones, can carry bacteria through the hospital, said Aviv Gladman, chief medical information officer for Mackenzie Health.

Gladman said that medical professionals are supposed to wipe their phone with alcohol before entering and exiting a patient’s room. A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that about 20 to 30 percent of germs transfer between a phone and a fingertip.

— Bloomberg News

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