Apple wants to gather all your medical records in the Health app

Apple announced a new health attempt as part of iOS 11.3. The new Health Records section in the Health app lets you gather and view all your medical record. The company is partnering with hospitals and clinics.

Apple released the first beta version of iOS 11.3 today. While the new version of iOS is going to remain in beta testing for a couple of months, it should be available as a free download to all iPhone users pretty soon.

Health Records is going to be a new menu in the Health Data section of the Health app. You’ll be able to add any file to this menu as long as it’s a CDA file( Clinical Document Architecture ). Some hospitals already email you those files or build them available on their website. But Apple wants to automate this process.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and others are already testing the feature with their patients. Health Records is based on FHIR( Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources ), a standard when it comes to data formats and APIs.

So it means that those hospitals and clinics will be able to push this data to your phone directly. You’ll receive a notification alerting you that you merely received a new medical record. Data is encrypted on your phone and protected by your passcode.

And it looks very thorough based on the screenshot. You’ll be able to listing your allergies, medications, immunizations and lab outcomes in the Health app.

This could be particularly useful for patients who get a lot of laboratory results to track cholesterol or something else. Newest outcomes appear at the top of the Healthcare Records timeline.

It’s going to be hard to convince every single hospital and clinic around the U.S. and around the world to adopt the new Health Records feature. But here’s a listing of all the institutions participating in the beta test šŸ˜› TAGEND

Johns Hopkins Medicine- Baltimore, Maryland

Cedars-Sinai- Los Angeles, California

Penn Medicine- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Geisinger Health System- Danville, Pennsylvania

UC San Diego Health- San Diego, California

UNC Health Care- Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Rush University Medical Center- Chicago, Illinois

Dignity Health- Arizona, California and Nevada

Ochsner Health System- Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

MedStar Health- Washington , D.C ., Maryland and Virginia

OhioHealth- Columbus, Ohio

Cerner Healthe Clinic- Kansas City, Missouri