Ap­ple Up­date to En­able Users to See Health Records on iPhones

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Fred Baz­zoli

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.”

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