BlackBerry wants to build a bacteria-free smartphone for hospitals

Global News

TORONTO –BlackBerry may not be doing well in terms of handset sales, but the Canadian smartphone maker is considering building a bacteria-free smartphone in a bid to win over the healthcare sector.

While BlackBerry is not yet working on the phone, CEO John Chen said a bacteria-free would provide health care workers with one less thing to worry about wiping down.

Chen revealed the idea for the germ-free smartphone Wednesday during a media event at the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital north of Toronto. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company is partnering with ThoughtWire and Cisco Systems to launch the second phase of an “Innovation Unit” at the hospital.

BlackBerry will provide software and devices to create a clinical notification and alert system for doctors and nurses that will provide more detailed information about their patients.

But a germ-free smartphone would be a valuable tool in a hospital.

Countless studies have looked…

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