Apple will let veterans access health records from their iPhones

Health record screen from Health app on iPhone

It will be the first time USA veterans will receive care through the Veterans Health Administration. "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".

Apple is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide easy access to soldiers' health records.

Apple is increasing its Health Records characteristic in iOS to cowl one of many bigger teams within the U.S.: particularly, 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. It will be displayed alongside other information in the Health app, such as Apple Watch data, to deliver a single, "integrated snapshot" of their health profile.

"Given Apple's public and ongoing commitment to privacy and security and the holistic manner in which they go about providing a trusted platform in iOS, I would think Apple's health records on iPhone is likely the most secure way in which veterans can access their VA health records", Weidman said. Those positive results led the UC Health system to expand Apple Health Records access to its 5 million patients.

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All the data is encrypted and protected with the user's iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

"Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely", said Kevin Lynch, Apple's vice president of Technology.

Given the steady drumbeat of health-care privacy breaches that have occurred in recent years, many veterans may wonder whether or not they can trust Apple's latest offering? "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".

After a participating veteran visits a VA health facility, updated health record information will be uploaded to the patient's Apple device within 24 hours.

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