Ever wished that you had all your important medical information in one convenient place?
Imagine all your prescriptions, vaccination records, immunizations, allergy information, lab results, treatment histories and appointments accessible whenever and wherever you may be. This will not only be convenient and informative, it can be a life-saver too!
Soon, thanks to Apple and its partnership with a number of leading medical institutions, your iPhone will be your portal to your entire medical data.
iOS Health Records
Spotted in the Health app of the iOS 11.3 beta is a new feature that allows users to view their complete medical records on their iPhones.
This updated Health Records section will gather all available data from hospitals, clinics, and existing Health app data in one place so iPhone users can access it anytime. This includes information about an individual's allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vital stats.
Before the update, these medical records were typically stored in multiple locations and it required users to log in to each provider's website or app. Apple will change all since the update will provide a quick and convenient way to view one's complete medical information.
Worried about your privacy and security? Apple said that the Health Records' data is also encrypted and protected with an iPhone's passcode.
According to Apple, they worked with the health care community to create a consumer-friendly health records interface based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a system for transferring electronic medical records.
To aid users in this quick exchange of medication information, they will also receive timely notifications whenever the data is updated.
“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,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer. “By empowering customers to see their overall health, we hope to help consumers better understand their health and help them lead healthier lives.”
How to get the new Health Records feature:
Alternatively, you can just wait for iOS 11.3's general public release.
As of this writing, the following medical institutions are providing data to their patients via the iOS Health app:
- Johns Hopkins Medicine - Baltimore, Maryland
- Cedars-Sinai - Los Angeles, California
- Penn Medicine - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Geisinger Health System - Danville, Pennsylvania
- UC San Diego Health - San Diego, California
- UNC Health Care - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, Illinois
- Dignity Health - Arizona, California and Nevada
- Ochsner Health System - Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
- MedStar Health - Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
- OhioHealth - Columbus, Ohio
- Cerner Health Clinic - Kansas City, Missouri
In the coming months, Apple is promising that more medical facilities will be joining in.
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