When I go for my yearly check-up, my doctor asks me things like “When was your last tetanus shot” and “What was your last Pap smear.” Since these services only happen every 3, 5, or 10 years, my answer is usually an “I don’t know. I’d have to track down the records.”
Apple has realized that most of us have foggy memories when it comes to our healthcare. In January, Apple announced that they are extending their AppleHealth app to interface with people’s electronic health records. This means that instead of having to request records to be sent from office to office, you will be able to see your medical history on your phone.
This version of the app is currently still in beta-testing, and therefore is only available to patients of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, CA, Penn Medicine I Philadelphia, PA, Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, UC San Diego Health in San Diego, CA, UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, NC, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, Dignity Health in AZ, CA, and NV, Ochsner Health System in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, and MedStar Health in Washington D.C., MD, and VA, OhioHealth in Columbus, OH, and Cerner Health Clinic and Kansas City, MO.
Hopefully this will allow people to take more ownership of their healthcare in the future.
Apple, Inc. (2018, January 24). Apple announces effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone. Retrieved from Apple.com: 2018