Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

VA Offers Ability to Access Health Data on Smartphones

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Gustavo Carr | 13 February, 2019, 19:11

Apple is expanding its move into the health care industry, thanks to a new partnership.

"By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives". "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".

U.S. military veterans will soon be able to access their health records on their iPhones, Apple announced Monday. In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be aiming to allow patients to share their health information with other health apps. "By building upon the Veterans Health API, we're raising the bar in collaborating with private sector organizations to create and deploy innovative digital products for veterans".

This is the first time the VA has made medical records accessible to patients in this way, giving iPhone owners unprecedented access to clean, simplified personal health info. Health information such as allergies, immunizations, lab results, medications, and even Apple Watch data is combined in one place for easy access.

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.

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

Health Records on iPhone will be the first record-sharing platform of its kind available to the VA, which is the largest medical system in the United States providing service to more than nine million veterans across 1,243 facilities. Neither the San Diego VA nor the main headquarters in Washington, D.C., were able to provide additional information Monday afternoon.

Last year, Apple announced a separate deal to let users access records from more than 100 hospitals through its health records app.

Apple did not mention when VA records would be brought onboard.