Q and A: Chief Medical Information Officer Provides Better Patient Care with his BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport

Technology continuously improves healthcare with better tools to assist our medical needs. These include machines that run charts and graphs on admitted patients, to the devices physicians use to deliver better care.

sickkidsMeet Dr. Karim Jessa, Chief Medical Information Officer at Toronto children’s hospital, SickKids (left). Smartphones are Dr. Jessa’s technology tool of choice to easily find information on patients in his care at any time and any place.

Dr. Jessa lives a busy life, so the doctor prescribed the BlackBerry Passport to cure his mobile productivity ails – the same dosage this engineer, tech journalistdistrict attorneypharmaceutical CEOsoftware manager, and insurance salesman are currently taking.

Watts: What made you decide to get the BlackBerry Passport?

Dr. Jessa: I’ve always been an early adopter of technology and have used almost every BlackBerry to date.  I thought I would try the Passport to be “different,” although I had been very satisfied with my Z30.

Watts: Technology and healthcare go hand in hand, how has the device been useful to your job?

Dr. Jessa: As the CMIO at SickKids and an ER physician, the value of any smartphone is being able to pull up information at the point of care.  Whether it be drug or disease information via Apps such as Epocrates, Pepid or Lexicomp, or patient information via specific EMR apps.

Karim Jessa

Smartphones can also be used to “unify communication” and do away with pagers and other notification devices in the hospital.  I also like to use them to learn and teach via social media.  Twitter specifically has changed the way I learn and I can gather pearls of information during my limited free time.

So to go back to your question, the device is significant to my job to strengthen usage for information viewing, social media learning, and effective communication.


Watts: To piggyback off of that statement, what do you like about the BlackBerry Passport thus far?

Dr. Jessa: The viewing is FANTASTIC – especially for the uses I described early. The bigger screen size is great for webpages, documents and spreadsheet viewing.

The most useful feature that is not advertised is the “reader” function of viewing webpages. The ability to remove extraneous graphics and simply focus on the text is wonderful.

But I do have to admit that the learning curve of going back to a keyboard is a bit steep. I really have enjoyed my Z30 experience especially with the “flick” typing.

Watts: Although you seem to love your Z30, how would you rate the BlackBerry Passport?

Dr. Jessa: Overall, it is truly a great device and a clear “differentiator” that stands out against the crowd.

Watts:  I imagine you interact with a lot of people, what reaction has your BlackBerry Passport received?

Dr. Jessa: I’m currently travelling in the US and have had several people ask me “what is that?” when they see the Passport. They are all impressed and say it looks sharp and is different.

Pricing and Availability

You can get your factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com at these links:

Black (currently $599, regular $699)

White (currently $599, regular $699)

Limited Edition Red: $699

…and at Amazon HERE, with AT&T offering it for $649.99 unsubsidized or $199.99 with a 2-year contract. The BlackBerry Passport is also available in Canada via Rogers for $249 and Telus (for as low as $150 up front) and other carriers.

For those outside the North American market, you can get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal HERE.

(Check with your local carrier for device compatibility.)

Remember – the BlackBerry Passport has a battery capacity that exceeds all rivals in milliamp hours:*

BlackBerry Passport 30 hours
Samsung Galaxy S5 23 hours
iPhone 6 21 hours
iPhone 6 Plus 25 hours

(*Based on third-party lab testing sponsored by BlackBerry, under 4G and 3G wireless conditions, using a mixed-usage profile. Results will vary by carrier and network conditions.)



About Brea

Brea Watts is a lifestyle blogger with a hint of content and social media marketing expertise. She's also an occasional contributor to the BlackBerry Business Blog, and a Bay Area native who loves cooking and creativity.

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