Apple’s Bold Way to Look at Your Health
Apple’s latest feature to its Health app allows customers to see their medical records right on their iPhone.
Users can access their Health Records section via the Health app to view medical information from various institutions organized into one view covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated. Note: Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.
Previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Now that Apple has worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, it created Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records.
“Our goal is to help consumers live a better day. We’ve worked closely with the health community to create an experience everyone has wanted for years – to view medical records easily and securely right on your iPhone. By empowering customers to see their overall health, we hope to help consumers better understand their health and help them lead healthier lives” – Apple’s COO Jeff Williams .
Bottom Line: Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and other participating hospitals and clinics are among the first to make this beta feature available to their patients.