Apple working with start-up on iPhone Electronic Health Records plan

Apple is working on a secret plan to turn the iPhone into a personal hub for all your medical information, CNBC reported last week,” Christina Farr reports for CNBC. “But it isn’t doing it alone. The company’s health team has been working with a tiny start-up called Health Gorilla, according to two people familiar with the initiative.”

“Sources said that Health Gorilla is specifically working with Apple to add diagnostic data to the iPhone, including blood work, by integrating with hospitals, lab-testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers,’ Farr reports. “The start-up, which has raised just shy of $5 million in funding, specializes in giving doctors a ‘complete picture of patient health history,” according to its website. CEO Steve Yaskin founded the company after a doctor friend of his was frustrated with the process of transferring patients’ diagnostic test results in their practice, according to a blog post from Health Gorilla investor True Ventures.”

Farr reports, “Apple is looking to solve a big problem that has plagued the medical sector for decades.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, Apple can be wildly successful in making EHR secure and accessible to the proper medical professionals.

One of the biggest issues in healthcare in the U.S. today is that there is no “Quartberback” – someone running the effort, coordinating the various specialists, making sure everyone is on the same page with the treatment plan(s), drug interactions, allergies, etc. A “playbook” showing the full picture of the patient’s health data would be very useful – and let the disparate medical personnel each quarterback on their own. Hopefully, Apple can step in, build, and fulfill this need with the company’s vaunted security and privacy.MacDailyNews, August 22, 2016

How much this would improve healthcare cannot be overstated. Apple will save lives here. — MacDailyNews, June 15, 2017

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. if it’s in the cloud, it won’t be secure…I wouldn’t worry so much about Apple as I would the various “little leaguers” they would share the information with.

    1. U.S. Federal agencies have increasingly moved to cloud computing because of shared costs and efficiencies. Security is naturally considered paramount, but recent history does not inspire confidence.

      We all know about the weakest link in a chain — we have seen it over and over again: for want of a nail, a shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, a horse was lost; for want of a horse, a rider was lost; for want of a rider, a kingdom was lost.

      Security professionals exhibit anger when I bring that up, but they have no real answer, except to insist that the entire support chain must be properly vetted and trained. Yeah, right. All those government “contractors” are properly vetted and trained, but the horse still loses its shoes and throws the rider. I.T. cannot guarantee security, only conduct a careful hazard assessment and hope that the boneheads in Congress can understand it well enough to wisely weigh the statistical risks against the rewards. We oughtn’t hold our breath on that outcome.

  2. Ridiculous. The software would have to be compatible with a diversity of softwares. Even if these data were readily accessible it means nothing if the “health care insititution” fails to use these data wisely.

    1. Well it is Apple.Who would you think they’re doing it for ? Their users as it should be . But on this maybe they will cross platforms since its peoples health

  3. Who ensures that the data stored on iPhone are current and correct? What’s worse than garbage in, garbage out? Garbage in, gospel out. Inaccurate, incomplete, irrelevant, false, and contradictory data can kill you faster than you can imagine. Lotsa luck, Apple.

  4. So when TrumpleThinSkin’s Customs guys demand your password at the border or airport they can browse your medical history along with everything else?

    No thanks.

    The other great problem is HIPPA and most providers have their systems locked tighter than a chastity belt. Ours will terminate you for plugging an unauthorized jump drive into any computer on any device in the system- and that includes Licensed Professionals and management. If you think they are going to let random patients dump data over a wired or wireless connection you are crazy. The very concept is just asking for someone to hack a phone to inject poisoned code into the system.

    Color me skeptical.

      1. EPIC is the largest market share player in EHR/EMR and they already have EPIC everywhere.

        If your local Doctor or a Hospital uses EPIC and you are on vacation somewhere he’ll and gone from home, if you go to an ER with EPIC your record pops up without any problem.

        It does not need an iPhone and the clients are usually Windows..

        Sorry, but that is already fielded.

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