iPhone users have become accustomed to finding everything they need right on their phone. You can check your email, download apps for just about anything, pay your bills and even pay for in-store purchases.
With the addition of the Apple Health App, you were finally able to connect your different health-related apps into one, making health management easier than ever.
Thanks to the new beta feature in the Apple Health App, you can now access your medical records from multiple institutions anywhere, anytime.
Before this new feature, the Health App included patient-generated data (that's you) about activity, sleep, mindfulness, and nutrition, among the ability to add your own health records such as lab results and vitals. You could integrate third-party apps to help track this data and get an overall view of your health. The addition of formal medical records to the Health App is the last piece of the puzzle.
Over the years, health care institutions have tried to keep up with technology by offering patients access to their medical records through online portals. Unfortunately, due to a less than pleasant user experience and lack of convenience, many patients simply don't bother going through the effort to log in and access their records. This not only limits patients' knowledge of their health but creates challenges for health care providers when trying to manage the coordination between other providers.
Incorporating health records into a device that so many of us use every day is Apple's way of helping you take control of your health. By adding this missing component to the already stellar Health App, Apple has now made it possible for you to see a complete picture of your overall health, and track the actions you're taking to maintain or improve it.
How it works
The Health App conveniently consolidates all of your health records into a timeline, regardless of how many institutions the records have come from. You're able to see your lab results, immunizations, prescriptions, vitals, procedures, conditions and allergies, all at a glance from that little computer in your pocket. And what happens when new records become available? You'll be notified right on your iPhone. Of course, as to be expected, all of this sensitive information is encrypted and protected with your iPhone passcode.
For those with ongoing health conditions and multiple providers, the ability to manage all of this information in one place could have a big impact on quality of life. Not only does it allow you to stay on top of your health, but to share information with your provider. In minutes, you can pull out your phone and show your provider exactly what prescription your other provider ordered, or your lab results from a different clinic.
Apple has already added hundreds of hospitals and health systems to their list of participating health institutions, and the list is growing. Click here to see the full list and find out if your health care institution offers this new benefit. Among the first participants are Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Patients aren't the only ones benefiting from Apple's innovation. Participating institutions are looking forward to their patients' increased awareness and understanding of their health, creating a better patient experience.
With health care concerns at an all-time high, doctors are looking for ways to help their patients change unhealthy behavior before it leads to chronic conditions. Apple's Health App has finally managed to provide patients with the all-in-one platform they need to manage their health. It may not be the solution to all of our country's health problems, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
Get your records
The Apple Health App is built into your iPhone, so you don't need to download and install it to get started. Just follow the steps below to get your medical records on your iPhone in a matter of minutes.
- Open the Health App
- Click on Health Data at the bottom of the screen
- Select Health Records
- Click Get Started
- Select your institution and login
Your records will be imported and automatically updated when new data is added.