Today, Apple announced the Health Records feature within the Health app is now available for users in the UK and Canada to securely view and store their medical records right on their iPhone, with their privacy protected at all times. Oxford University Hospitals and Women’s College Hospital has been selected the first healthcare institutions in the UK and Canada to make this feature available to their patients.
How Health Records Works
Health Records creates a direct connection between medical institutions and a patient’s iPhone, allowing users to see a central view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals across multiple institutions, and to be notified when their data is updated. Apple utilizes a direct, encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organization to protect patient’s privacy.
All Health Records data is encrypted on device and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Apple worked closely with Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and InterSystems to enable the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standards-based integration with the Health app for their UK and Canadian customers.
To date, over 500 institutions currently support Health Records on iPhone, listing more than 11,000 care locations. Previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log in to each healthcare provider’s website to piece together their health information manually.
The Health Records feature in the Health app is available to patients of the medical institutions listed below.
– Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Oxford, UK
– Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Milton Keynes, UK
– Women’s College Hospital – Toronto, Ontario
– St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – Hamilton, Ontario
– Mackenzie Health – Richmond Hill, Ontario