Veterans will soon have access to VA medical records on iPhone

Apple brings U.S. vet health records into 21st century

Apple brings U.S. vet health records into 21st century

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. "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".

This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new rules that would promote such easy access.

Doctors' progress notes, documentation of health-care encounters that serve as the backbone of treatment, are not yet on Apple's syncing list.

Veterans can view a snapshot of their health profiles that includes known conditions, vaccinations, lab results, medications, procedures and more.

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

We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community. Those positive results led the UC Health system to expand Apple Health Records access to its 5 million patients.

To protect unauthorized parties from getting their hands on these records, the data is encrypted and the phone is protected by a passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. "By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives".

Apple's goal, according to Kevin Lynch, its vice president of technology, is to give veterans the opportunity "to better understand and improve their health".

Apple's announcement follows plans that Microsoft shared last week to make patient information more accessible to all involved parties, by storing health records on the Azure cloud. The company says this is "the first record-sharing platform of its kind available to the VA".

The largest medical system in the United States, the VA now serves more than 9 million veterans.

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