Health Records on Apple iPhone now available to veterans across the U.S.A.

Health Records on iPhone brings together veterans’ hospitals, clinics and existing information on the Health app to make it easy for them to see their medical data across multiple providers.
Health Records on iPhone brings together veterans’ hospitals, clinics and existing information on the Health app to make it easy for them to see their medical data across multiple providers.
Apple and the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that veterans across the nation and surrounding territories1 now have access to the Health Records feature in the Health app on iPhone. The VA gradually launched Health Records to select patients this summer, and now veterans who are iOS users and receive their care through the Veterans Health Administration can see a fuller, more comprehensive picture of their health that includes information from multiple providers.

“Helping veterans gain a better understanding of their health is our chance to show our gratitude for their service,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “By working with the VA to offer Health Records on iPhone, we hope to help those who served have greater peace of mind that their health care is in good hands.”

The VA is the largest medical system in the United States, providing service to more than 9 million veterans across 1,243 facilities, including hospitals and clinics. Today, the VA joins Johns Hopkins, University of California San Diego, Quest Diagnostics, Allscripts and 400 other health care provider organizations, laboratory networks and electronic health records vendors who all support Health Records on iPhone.

By signing into their providers’ patient portals in the Health app, veterans can see all of their health records in one place, including medications, immunizations, lab results and more. The Health app continually updates these records giving VA patients access to a single, integrated snapshot of their health profile whenever they want, quickly and privately.

Apple is dedicated to protecting customers’ information and medical information contains some of the most sensitive, personal data a user has on their device. All Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

Source: Apple Inc.

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

4 Comments

  1. The VA heath systems have always been somewhat awkward, but is generally considered one of the best around – once you learn the system. I only use it for refilling prescription and that has been pretty smooth for me. Walgreens is slightly better as I can just scan the barcode.

    The biggest challenge facing VA Health was the integration with active military records to smooth the transition for active duty personnel leaving active duty. That has been a challenge as both were developed indecently of each other when health systems were developed in isolation and computer power/capacity was very expensive.

    That integration was more important than getting records on smartphones. I’ll probably leave this for a while in order to set it settle down. The older I get the more complex my medical records get so this next level of integration can be helpful.

    Now we just need to have all the private health IT systems brought together. That’s a huge job.

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