Apple is introducing iPhone Health Records to UK and Canada

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Apple continues to develop its plans for digital health. It has now begun introducing its innovative Health Records feature within the Health app for iPhone users in the UK and Canada.

Growing support for Health Records

In excess of 500 U.S. institutions comprising 11,000 care locations already support Health Records on the iPhone, which let users securely (and privately) view and store their medical records on their device.

Now, those hospitals have been joined by others within the UK’s Oxford University Hospitals group and Women’s College Hospital in Canada. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust UK) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Mackenzie Health (Canada) also now offer the service.

Making health info useful

Apple developed Health Records to solve real problems with this valuable information. Migrating medical records to digital processes posed multiple problems around privacy protection and regulation, and initial attempts to do so generated a bit of chaos as different systems didn’t interoperate well.

Not only this, but patient medical records have traditionally been held in multiple locations, forcing patients to access each healthcare provider’s patient information services in order to gather their information together.

Health professionals, not surprisingly, were frustrated by all of this.

Health Records provides a direct connection between medical institutions and a patient’s iPhone, aiming to give users a place where they can see the status of all their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals across multiple institutions, and be notified when their data is updated.

How it works

Health Records combines a patient’s medical and personal health data for access from within the Health app. It means they can see their own information in the app, enabling them to make better health decisions while enabling providers to access more accurate personal health and fitness data.

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