Apple will let veterans access health records from their iPhones

Grant Boone
February 13, 2019

Apple's Health Records is enabled by VA Health API, which was part of the organization's Blue Button initiative to give veterans more control of their health and medical information and allow third-party developers to build applications to promote more effective use of that data.

Apple announced today that soon, Veterans will soon be able to see their own health records over an Apple iPhone.

Apple is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide easy access to soldiers' health records. That includes information about allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals. Apple stressed that all of this data is encrypted and protected with the iPhone's passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.

We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community.

"When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians", Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a statement.

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"These proposed rules strive to bring the nation's healthcare system one step closer to a point where patients and clinicians have the access they need to all of a patient's health information, helping them in making better choices about care and treatment", said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

Apple first introduced this feature in March 2018 with support for more than 40 health systems, including Duke, NYU Langone, Stanford, and Yale. There are more than 9 million veterans that utilize 1,243 VA medical facilities.

"Apple is consistently hard to compromise", she said.

Apple has shown a particular interest in the health care industry especially since its latest smartwatches were approved by the FDA for capturing EKGs. Lynch said that these notes, which have become increasingly accessible to San Diego patients, are not yet transferred automatically because their format is not yet standardized.

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