January 30, 2018
Apple debuted a new feature to its Health app that allows people to see their medical records on their iPhone. The feature, dubbed Health Records, is part of a beta program the company is conducting with 12 hospitals, health systems, and clinics across the United States. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Dignity Health, and Ochsner Health System are among the providers that have partnered with Apple. A full list can be found here.
“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,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “By empowering customers to see their overall health, we hope to help consumers better understand their health and help them lead healthier lives.”
Typically, patient medical records are held in multiple locations, and patients have to log into each provider’s website to access their information. According to Apple, the company worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, creating Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, and users will receive notifications when their data is updated.
“Streamlining information sharing between patients and their caregivers can go a long way towards making the patient experience a positive one,” said Stephanie Reel, Chief Information Officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “This is why we are excited about working with Apple to make accessing secure medical records from an iPhone as simple for a patient as checking email.”
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