On Tuesday, Cleveland Clinic announced that patients can now access their personal health data via the Apple Health Records on iPhone feature. The new functionality provides another convenient way for patients to access their personal health data in addition to using the Epic MyChart via computer or downloading the app.
Both ways provide patients the ability to access:
– Lab Results
– Procedures & Vitals
– Organized medical information from various institutions into one view
– Notifications when data is updated
“Access to one’s own medical records is a crucial part of the digital transformation taking place in healthcare today, and enhances our relationship with our patients,” said Peter Rasmussen, M.D. a neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Digital Health at Cleveland Clinic. “Our goal is to make that access as easy, convenient and useful as possible, placing patients firmly in the center of their own health data.”
For more features, MyChart allows Cleveland Clinic patients to: view upcoming and past appointments, physician notes, and details about hospital admissions; schedule appointments; request medication renewals and preventive care procedures; and message their providers.
“When patients have direct access to their personal health information, they have the opportunity to live healthier lives,” said Amy Merlino, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Medical Information Officer in the announcement. “They are able to track important health factors, such as weight or cholesterol or blood sugar, to determine their own personal trends over time. They are able to easily see a combined view of their information from multiple health systems, as well as have the ability to share their healthcare history with other providers.”