Apple Update to Enable Users to See Health Records on iPhones
APPLE PLANS TO RELEASE A SOFTware update for the iPhone in March that will let users view their health records.
The addition to the iPhone’s Health app, which contains a variety of health- and fitness-based services, would amplify the health records feature and enable users to pull up their medical history, such as past procedures and lab results.
Apple has partnered with 12 healthcare organizations on the feature, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai and Penn Medicine, the company said.
“The updated Health Records section within the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose,” the announcement noted. The 12 participating hospitals “are among the first to make this beta feature available to their patients.”
The approach will use standards-based technology to bring records information to the phone, Apple indicated, saying it worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, creating Health Records based on the emerging Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which enables the exchange of information in electronic medical records.
Health records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.
“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.”