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Apple's Health Records will soon be made available to U.S. military veterans

13 February 2019

With Health Records on iPhone, veterans across the U.S. will be able to see medical information from participating institutions - including the VA - organized into one view all in the Health app. Health records data includes allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and is displayed along with other information in the Health app like Apple Watch data.

Last March, Apple announced that iPhone users at more than 100 hospitals and clinics across the country would be able to access parts of their medical records through the Health app. The type of information they'll be able to access includes allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, vitals statistics and more. In June, Apple released a special interface called an application program interface or "API" for health records, providing a way for iPhone owners to grant access to specific types of health care information without handing over every scrap of personal health data that resides on their smartphone.

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"When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians", said Jeff Williams, Apple's COO, in a statement. Aggregated health records from participating institutions, including the VA, will be found by in the Health Records on iPhone feature. Microsoft also said it would make its health bot services available to more health care organizations and patients.

The information will be gleaned from across 1,243 facilities, serving 9 million veterans.

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Apple has announced that its Health Records feature on the iPhone will soon be available to military veterans. In less than a year, Apple has already signed up more than 130 health systems as data-sharing partners. So far, she said, Apple's encrypted system running on iPhones has not been an easy target. "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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Apple's Health Records will soon be made available to U.S. military veterans