Apple Expands Health Records on iPhone which allows iPhone users to download their medical records to their smartphones is now available in the UK and is being used by two hospital trusts.
This new feature which is a part of Apple’s Health app gives iPhone users access and ability to request and download their electronic health records as stored by hospitals. This can be done using a direct, encrypted connection between their iPhones and the system used by the clinic.
Apple Expands Health Records on iPhone
The Health app then periodically connects with the person’s details to pull across any new health records. And also notify users when their new records are available.
Currently, in the US, over 500 institutions support the Health Records feature on the iPhone across 11,000 locations.
In many other cases, users’ medical records are held in multiple locations. And this requires the user to log in to each healthcare provider’s website to gather together his/her health information manually.
Importance of Apple Expands Health Records on iPhone
The Health Records feature makes possible a direct connection between medical institutions and a user’s iPhone, allowing him/her to access a central view of their health data including allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab tests results, medication info/ procedures, and vitals across multiple medical institutions. Users can also have the advantage of been notified when his/her data is updated.
Apple said the feature uses an encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organization, and all Health Records data is encrypted on the device and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.
In the UK, two NHS trusts Institutions which are the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting the new features. As well as three other medical institutions in Canada, where the feature is also now available.
According to Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery, chairman of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and professor of healthcare law at University College London – “Improving our services to users while defending their privacy and security health details is of paramount importance to us,”. “This current amazing feature development enables users a more convenient and comfortable option to easily access their health records. And also retain and be in control over their own health information at all times required.”
The CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould, in his statement said that – “NHSX is committed to providing iPhone health users access to their own records so they can take charge of their healthcare, and the launch of featured Health Records on iPhone in the UK is a positive step to put individuals in the driving seat.”
“The Women’s College Hospital is proud to be among the first among other Canadian Hospitals to offer Health Records and details on iPhone”. President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital, Heather McPherson explained that “As we accelerate and rapidly increase our virtual care strategy, we are committed to shaping and pitting in place a health care system that iPhone users can operate more effectively. We believe that digital tools like Health Records can contribute to more informed decision making and improve the healthcare experience for individuals since it can be accessed on their iPhone mobile.”
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