Apple updates Health Records iOS app with new features

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According to an Apple press release, iPhone users will now be able to store and view their medical records on their phones as part of a new feature. Apple today released iOS 11.3, the twelfth official update to the iOS 11 operating system that first came out in September of 2017. There is a new feature that has come up that is “New Health Record Feature” which allows the patients to download their medical records from a variety of hospitals and clinics, and consolidate those records on their iPhone.

This feature can be only found in Apple’s health app on updated device. This feature allows participating hospitals  and clinics to transfer information to the user’s device. Users will be able to view recorded allergies, clinical vitals, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and similar information. Users will also be notified whenever their data is updated, such as when lab results are received.

In the earlier days the patient used to go through the past records that were held in numerous locations which would require patients to record  to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. The data that is being transmitted from hospital and clinic’s to the user’s device  will be encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. All the information passes through the apple network. It relies on Fast Healthcare Interchangeability Resources (FHIR) and related application programming interfaces (APIs) to transmit the data from a hospital or clinic’s electronic health record (EHR) system directly to a user’s device over an encrypted connection. It does not create , transmit, or receive any protected health information for or on behalf of a covered entity or business associate.

Apple notes that at this time, around 40 hospitals and clinics are participating, including Johns Hopkins, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health, and Geisinger Health System.

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