BlackBerry could soon begin developing a bacteria-free smartphone that’s designed for use in hospitals.
The company’s position in the consumer-facing smartphone industry has been fragile for a while, but Chief Executive Officer John Chen wants to make a bid for the healthcare industry.
“Health-care workers have to be worried about one less thing to wipe down,” explained Chen, speaking about the prospect of a bacteria-free device at a Toronto hospital.
Chen was keen to note that BlackBerry is not currently developing the phone, but that it was a possibility, as reported by Bloomberg.
The Canadian mobile firm is currently working to provide nurses and doctors at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital with a portable messaging and alert system.
The company is providing both software and devices for the staff, a scheme which could one day include the bacteria-free phones.
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Currently, doctors and nurses are supposed to wipe down their handsets with alcohol wipes whenever they enter and exit a hospital room.
However, sometimes staff don’t wipe, and it’s not known exactly how effective alcohol wipes really are at removing bacteria from handsets.
According to the hospital, infections acquired on the premises are one of the leading causes of death at the site.
Unfortunately, Chen didn’t make clear exactly how BlackBerry would be able to manufacture a bacteria-free device.
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