Veterans will soon have access to VA medical records on iPhone

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

The VA laid the groundwork for the Apple app when it launched its first health application programming interface late previous year, which it said would allow veterans "to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps".

Soon veterans will be able to access their aggregated records from the VA right from their iPhone's pre-installed Health app. The information available from the Health app will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.

User data stored on Apple's Health app is encrypted and accessible only to the iPhone user via their passcode, Touch, or Face ID.

This could be good news for people who feel they want more access to their medical information in one place. "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".

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Apple has shown a particular interest in the health care industry especially since its latest smartwatches were approved by the FDA for capturing EKGs. Once this new feature is up and running, Vets getting medical attention through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to see their records in one place from the different VHA organizations where they've received treatment.

"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 is still in beta but is already capable of retrieving health record information from several sources including Quest Diagnostics, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, and other participating local health care providers. Neither the San Diego VA nor the main headquarters in Washington, D.C., were able to provide additional information Monday afternoon.

Apple Health Records launched in 2018 and follows in the vein of aborted earlier efforts by large technology companies like Google and Microsoft to create personal health records for patients.

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