Apple is revolutionizing the way patients monitor their medical records by incorporating medical documents right into the Health app on iPhones. The records can include allergies, medications, immunizations, lab results, and more, according to a company news release.
Medical records are usually stored in multiple locations, making it difficult for each provider to piece together the bigger picture of an individual patient’s health. This recent change also helps patients have control over their own health records and review them as often as they like.
This feature can be particularly helpful to anyone who needs to keep track of multiple allergies or in-depth lab results. It is also convenient for people who are prescribed multiple medications and need to check that none of the prescriptions are conflicting.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration created a website to help health care providers treat patient infections effectively.
The new approach is part of an effort to combat antimicrobial resistance, which is the ability of microbes to grow in the presence of a drug that would normally limit their growth. Acting as an aid for health care professionals who make prescribing decisions, the website will guide professionals to prevent the spread of resistant bacteria, which is one of the world’s most pressing public health issues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overuse of antibiotics is a preventable cause of increases in drug-resistant bacteria. Each time a patient takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed and the resistant ones remain and continue to multiply.