Apple brings US vet health records into 21st century

Alicia Farmer
February 13, 2019

Apple said it's the first health record sharing agreement with the VA of its kind.

Now it is extending the benefits to the estimated 9 million veterans across the US, who will be able to access medical information from participating institutions inside the Health app.

Apple has been working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and announced that Health Records are coming for veterans. With this new feature, veterans will be able to readily access details about their vaccinations, medications, lab results, and more. In June, Apple released a special interface called an application program interface or "API" for health records, providing a way for iPhone owners to grant access to specific types of health care information without handing over every scrap of personal health data that resides on their smartphone.

Jeff Williams, Apple COO said that if patients "have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians". The company announced on Monday that the VA would be the newest provider to allow remote access to medical records.

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"By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives".

The VA is the largest health-care organization in the nation with more than 1,200 facilities in total providing health care to more than 9 million Americans.

This is not Apple's first partnership related to the military.

Putting health records onto a patient's iPhone, Lynch added, will allow aggregation of medical information across participating institutions. It needs to develop into an indispensable a part of individual's health care, whether or not it is offering medical information or warning of coronary heart situations, and that would provide you with a goal to maintain utilizing its gadgets while you'd in any other case be tempted to change. "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".

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