With the steady advancements in New technology and ingenuity, Apple has just announced a new health App as part of iOS 11.3. The new Health Records section in the Health app lets you gather and view all your medical records. The company is currently partnering with hospitals and clinics to achieve this.
Apple released the first beta version of iOS 11.3 today. While the new version of iOS is going to remain in beta testing for a couple of months, it should be available as a free download to all iPhone users in due time.
Health Records is going to be a new menu in the Health Data section of the New Health app. You will be able to add any file to this menu as long as it’s a CDA file (Clinical Document Architecture). Some hospitals already email you those files or make them available on their website. Apple, however, wants to automate this process.
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and others are already testing the feature with their patients. Health Records is based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard when it comes to data formats and APIs.
So it means that those hospitals and clinics will be able to push this data to your phone directly. You will then receive a notification alerting you that you just received a new medical record. Data is encrypted on your phone and protected by your passcode.
It actually looks very thorough based on the screenshot. With this new health app feature, you will be able to list your allergies, medications, immunizations and lab results in the Health app. This could be particularly useful for patients who get a lot of lab results to track cholesterol or something else. Newest results appear at the top of the Healthcare Records timeline.
While it would be difficult to convince every single hospital and clinic around the U.S. and around the world to adopt the new Health app records feature, there are some health institutions that are already participating in the beta test:
Johns Hopkins Medicine – Baltimore, Maryland
Cedars-Sinai – Los Angeles, California
Penn Medicine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Geisinger Health System – Danville, Pennsylvania
UC San Diego Health – San Diego, California
UNC Health Care – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois
Dignity Health – Arizona, California, and Nevada
Ochsner Health System – Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
MedStar Health – Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
OhioHealth – Columbus, Ohio
Cerner Health Clinic – Kansas City, Missouri