Apple has announced that its Health Records feature will soon be made available to US veterans thanks to a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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The news was revealed by the Cupertino outfit in a blog post this morning. It means that US veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will soon be able to view their aggregated health records on a smartphone.
For those not in the know, Apple Health Records lets patients aggregate health records from multiple institutions alongside their patient-generated data. Needless to say, this provides them with a more holistic view of their health. More and more hospitals are signing up to the service, as are medical-record vendors.
Veterans across the US will soon be able to see medical information from participating institutions. The type of information they’ll be able to access includes allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, vitals statistics and more. All Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
The feature will allow veterans to make more informed decisions about their health. Plus they are able to make sure their medical information is accurate.
“When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO.
“By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives.”
Health Records on iPhone will be the first such platform that will be made available to the Veterans Association. The organization provides healthcare services to eligible military veterans across 1,243 facilities throughout the country.
“We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.”
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