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Latest Apple Feature Adds Medical Records to iPhone

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. 

“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 COO. “By empowering customers to see their overall health, we hope to help consumers better understand their health and help them lead healthier lives.”

Stephanie Reel, Chief Information Officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals can make accessing medical records a simple daily task for patients.

“Streamlining information sharing between patients and their caregivers can go a long way towards making the patient experience a positive one,” Reel said in a news release.

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At the time of Apple’s beta launch in late January 2018, more than 10 hospitals and clinics were participating to make this latest feature available to their patients.

Apple expects more medical facilities to connect to Health Records in the upcoming months.


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