Image for post
Image for post

Apple Wants to Liberate Your Medical Records

How easily can you obtain your medical records from your provider? Do you know what your precise cholesterol levels are? I’m willing to bet my new iPhone that your answers to these questions are “Impossible” and “No.”

Image for post
Image for post

In the past, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, creating Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records.

Now, consumers will have medical information from various institutions organized into one view covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, told The New York Times, “It’s really strange to me that you can easily pull up all of your spending record on your credit card going back a long way in every detail, yet your health is way more important and you don’t have easy access to your health information. We want to make sure that consumers are empowered with information about their health.”

Image for post
Image for post
  • Hardware: namely the iPhone and Apple Watch to host Apple healthcare apps. The hardware creates an ever-present device platform for personal wellness care, including monitoring of health records. The Apple Watch is like a fitness monitoring device akin to Fitbit, with the iPhone being a jack of all trades.
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
  • Brand strength.
  • Uptake of its products among consumers and physicians (75 percent of doctors in the United States own some form of Apple device, according to a study by Manhattan Research).
  • Strong healthcare partnerships.
  • Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles.
  • Penn Medicine, Philadelphia.
  • Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania.
  • UC San Diego Health, San Diego.
  • UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.
  • Dignity Health, Arizona, California, and Nevada.
  • Ochsner Health System, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
  • MedStar Health, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
  • OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Cerner Healthe Clinic, Kansas City, Missouri.

Written by

Writer and pop culture lover.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store