Apple’s health records work with the VA is a big deal, and not just for veterans

“Apple announced on Monday that it’s working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to bring health records to the iPhone,” Christina Farr reports for CNBC. “That means that vets receiving their care from the VA will be able to see medical information like allergies, immunizations, labs and procedures directly on their iPhones with just a few clicks.”

“Apple already works with dozens of hospitals that are integrated with its Health Records software, so their patients can access clinical information. But the VA, which represents 9 million people, is a big step forward for the company, as it’s the largest medical system in the country,” Farr reports. “It’s also a big deal for people who aren’t veterans.”

“‘The barriers are coming down,’ said Kenneth Mandl, a director of computational health informatics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a longtime advocate of the ‘App Store for health’ concept. ‘And Apple is a first mover in taking advantage of these new laws and regulations,’ he explained… Mandl believes it’s only a matter of time before commercial insurers and other groups follow suit,” Farr reports. “As this trend continues, anyone with a smartphone will someday be able to see their clinical record (what happened when they got treated at a hospital or clinic), and their claims history (what got billed). That unified data set will also open up a lot of opportunities for health app developers that can generate important new insights.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, Apple can deliver secure, life-saving portable electronic health records to us all ASAP!

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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    1. Still can’t think of anthing bad to say about this, so I’ll just have to go for the generic — which is all I do most of the time anyway. Here goes…
      Tim Cook bad. Apple bad. Hubris. Greed. Blah, blah.

  1. If you are a Fundamentalist End Timer who looks forward to the Rapture, you should like this consolidation of medical records because it points toward everyone but Rapturists getting the “mark of the beast.” I don’t believe in this fantasy. But I deplore that this consolidation aids private and governmental spy agencies who can penetrate each and every corner of the Capitalist information network no matter its location even on the most secure iPhone under the South Pole. Once the NSA penetrates the VA, then all the other 17 gov. spy agencies in the US, as well as their 5 Eyes brethren, will have it. George Bush vindictively consolidated them first including police forces after he failed to produce his WMDs. This Apple effort piles on.

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