Apple health records launched back in 2018, is now available for the users in the UK and Canada. It was designed to enable patients to get their health records on their iPhones. Currently, more than 500 institutions support health care records on their iPhones, in the US, along with the support of more than 11,000 care locations.
Apple Health records provide a direct connection between the patient and the medical health providers. Besides this patient needs not to log in to multiple websites, of health care providers, in order to gain access to their medical records. They can get their records in one place.
Now the users of the iPhone in these regions will also enjoy this features as well, in the same way as the users of the US.
Among the health care institutions Oxford University, Hospitals, and Women’s College Hospital are the first in making accessible this feature to their people.
“We designed Health Records on iPhone to empower people to easily view their health records at any time, and we are thrilled to put this feature in the hands of customers in the UK and Canada,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We believe people should have access to their health information in the most private and secure way, and we have worked hand in hand with healthcare institutions and organizations to put privacy at the center of the patient experience.” says Apple.
Privacy concerns regarding Apple Health Records
As far as privacy is concerned Apple has made it clear already that it puts the privacy of its iPhone users at the top. Once the medical records are transferred to your iPhone app then they are secured by encryption.
“Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, and Health Records was designed to protect patients’ privacy at all times by utilizing a direct, encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organization. In addition, all Health Records data is encrypted on the device and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. Apple worked closely with Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and InterSystems to enable the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standards-based integration with the Health app for their UK and Canadian customers.”
In the UK two institutions while in Canada, three institutions have access to this iPhone app.
1 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Oxford, UK
“At NHSX, we are committed to giving patients access to their own records so they can take charge of their healthcare,” said Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX. “The launch of Health Records on iPhone in the UK is a positive step and joins a number of initiatives across the NHS to put patients in the driving seat.”
2 Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Milton Keynes, UK
1 Women’s College Hospital – Toronto, Ontario
“Women’s College Hospital is proud to be among the first in Canada to offer Health Records on iPhone,” said Heather McPherson, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital. “As we accelerate our virtual care strategy, we are committed to shaping a health system that people can navigate more effectively. We believe that digital tools like Health Records can contribute to more informed decision making and improve the healthcare experience.”
2 St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – Hamilton, Ontario
3 Mackenzie Health – Richmond Hill, Ontario