Apple Health Records are Coming for Veterans

Apple brings U.S. vet health records into 21st century

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

Veterans will soon be able to check their medical information from their iPhones.

"We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community".

Veterans can view a snapshot of their health profiles that includes known conditions, vaccinations, lab results, medications, procedures and more. The information is secured with encryption and protected by the iPhone user's passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

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

"We're excited to bring this feature to veterans across the USA", said Kevin Lynch, Apple's vice president of Technology. Apple points toward the benefits of this, saying that patients who are able to access their health data "have more productive conversations with their physicians".

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.

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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.

Welcoming VA providers into the fold is a huge addition.

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?

Bulb, she noted, is often hired to try and hack into mobile information systems.

"Apple is consistently hard to compromise", she said.

Apple has been slowly but surely revolutionizing healthcare with its products and services since the introduction of the HealthKit framework and Health app in 2014. "There is work in the industry happening on that but, right now, we are not bringing those notes in", Lynch said.

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