Apple Adding Feature To Allow Users To Store Medical Records On iPhones
It's the latest move that shows Apple has its eye on the profitable health care landscape.
The New York Times:
Apple, In Sign Of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature For IPhone
In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the tech giant on Wednesday unveiled a new feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts of their medical records on their iPhones. The feature is to become part of Apple’s popular Health app. It will enable users to transfer clinical data — like cholesterol levels and lists of medications prescribed by their doctors — directly from their medical providers to their iPhones, potentially streamlining how Americans gain access to some health information. (Singer, 1/24)
San Jose Mercury News:
IPhone Users Will Be Able To See Their Medical Records
Apple announced Wednesday that in its iOS update coming in the spring, the Health app will streamline medical records from a dozen medical facilities across the United States. In the new Health Records feature, users will be able to see their records about allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results and medications in a single app. (Lee, 1/24)
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
UCSD Among 12 Nationwide To Pilot Apple Inc. New Medical Records System
UC San Diego patients will be among the first in the nation to test an iPhone-based medical records access system now under development by Apple Inc. The Cupertino-based technology company announced Wednesday that it has selected a dozen health systems from coast to coast to pilot automatic synchronization of patient data, from test results to medications prescribed, within a health application that Apple has been including with every iPhone since 2014. (Sisson, 1/24)
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The New York Times:
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