What You Should Know:
– The Commons Project Foundation announced this morning that more than 150 new hospital providers have joined CommonHealth, the Android equivalent of Apple Health, including the VHA, Mass General Brigham, ChristianaCare, and UC San Diego Health.
– CommonHealth, which is free and available for download on the Google Play Store, was developed by The Commons Project Foundation in collaboration with UCSF, Cornell Tech and Sage Bionetworks to give people more control over their personal health data.
– Prior to the launch of CommonHealth, there were limited solutions for Android users, a segment of the population that is forecasted to grow to more than 130 million individuals in 2021. Available at a wide range of price points, Android devices also play an important role in expanding health equity and better reaching underserved populations.
How It Works
The app allows users to gather their personal health records from various providers, store the information securely in the app, and own the decision-making around when and with whom the data gets shared. The app leverages data interoperability standards, including HL7 FHIR, to offer functionality similar to Apple Health, ensuring that individuals using Android™ devices have the same opportunity as iPhone users to digitally gather, store and share their personal health information as they see fit. With the additional partners announced today, more than 385 health systems are now connected and compatible with the app.
“The last 18 months have further highlighted the desire for individuals to play a greater role in their healthcare journey by having digital control of their personal health information in one centralized, secure place,” said JP Pollak, co-founder and chief architect at The Commons Project. “With CommonHealth, we’re empowering individuals with the data security and technology needed to use their health data in the ways they need and want, whether it’s sharing the information with a new telehealth provider, or allowing another trusted third-party access.”