Monday, January 21, 2013

BlackBerry 10 - relevant in health care?

The BlackBerry 10 operating system should be launching at the end of the month. We'll finally see RIM catch up with the rest of the thin touch-based smartphones when they launch new smartphones that have no hardware keyboard buttons. The BlackBerry 10 interface will feel familiar to many: touch-based gestures, swiping, etc.

The big question for folks working in health care surrounds the question about medical apps: which medical apps will get developed for the BlackBerry 10 OS? I suspect that we'll see some initial traction given that a number of hospitals still rely on BlackBerry as their enterprise-level mobile OS. After all, hospitals need the highest level of security on their mobile devices given the sensitive nature of patient records.

I hope to get my hands on a BlackBerry Z10 so that I can take the new OS for a personal test drive. After all, while we all wait for medical apps to start appearing on the BlackBerry App World (now renamed the BlackBerry World), we'll want to know how mobile web apps (like PubMed Mobile, Medscape, and others) look and feel on BlackBerry 10.

I suppose this means that we're not going to see the diagnosis "BlackBerry Thumb" documented into many patient charts in the future.

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