Apple Introduces 'Health Records' Section Coming to Health App in iOS 11.3

Wednesday January 24, 2018 4:49 AM PST by Mitchel Broussard

Apple today revealed an update coming to the Health app in the iOS 11.3 beta, which will bring a "Health Records" section to the app and allow users to see their medical records from various providers. The updated Health Records area will combine hospitals, clinics, and other information from Health "to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose."


Some of the first provider partners include John Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, and various other hospitals and clinics. Apple explained that the update is intended to serve as a consumer-friendly solution to easily access medical records, which were previously housed across multiple websites and online repositories. The company said it created Health Records based on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), which provides the standard for transferring electronic medical records.

“Our goal is to help consumers live a better day. We’ve worked closely with the health community to create an experience everyone has wanted for years — to view medical records easily and securely right on your iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “By empowering customers to see their overall health, we hope to help consumers better understand their health and help them lead healthier lives.”

Health Records will provide an overall view of a user's allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals. The Health app will also now notify them when their Health Records data is updated, which is encrypted and protected by the iPhone passcode as well.

Apple said that more medical facilities will be connected to Health Records in the coming months, further expanding the amount of users who have access to the feature. The full list of medical institutions that are supported on the iOS 11.3 beta include:

- 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

Apple today also previewed iOS 11.3, stating that iPhone users will be able to view battery health and disable Apple's power management when the update comes out this spring.

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29 months ago
Great stuff. But that’s going to take about 10 years to come to Europe! So annoying...
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29 months ago

The hard part I'm afraid is convincing providers to participate. I track several metrics for my health and try to show the data to my physicians. They have little to no interest because I generated the data. This addition will hopefully help things since the data in records should come from them and other providers. It would be nice if my test results would simply appear in the app and notify me they are ready to view.

A provider who doesn't want to look at user generated data is equivalent to a provider who doesn't want to listen to you if you say something's wrong. You might want to consider switching.
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29 months ago
If anyone knows someone at apple or in the FHIR community working on or familiar with this project - we'd love to connect. We have 10K patients that would love having their data in iOS's Health app. We have a full-stack development team as well. Looking for documentation and introductions!
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29 months ago
I'm really looking forward to 10.3. Most of the time X.3 updates the OS gets really good (read: less bugs). Also let's pray for iMessage in iCloud.

EDIT: I mean 11.3
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29 months ago
They looking to expand the Health Records section even when they don't even have the basics covered in Results? Why, after several years, can I not track my blood cholesterol levels? I don't get it; this has been suggested since it was released 3+ years ago. I can track my "Electrodermal Activity" easily. But not cholesterol. That alone makes Health not useful for many (at least, as an all-in-one place to store all your health info, as promoted), no matter how much they improve the other aspects.
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29 months ago

Same and while that machine was connected to me, I checked its bpm with the one my Apple Watch says. it was 1-2 off, so pretty accurate for a long term review of the data it collected.
For me the problem is I sometimes get 120+ BPM while sitting for no apparent reason and the Apple Watch warns me about that.
During the check up my doctor did, everything was fine.
I am really concerned not being taken seriously.

In May last year I had chest pain (cause of some dumb **** I tried - codeine) and thought I'm going to die.
And since then these warnings from the Apple Watch appeared.

If you are having the “high heart rate while resting” alerts, you should ask a cardiologist to place an event monitor on you. Also consider enrolling in the “Apple Heart Study” where a potential arrhythmia seen by the Apple Watch is then checked (for free) by an event monitor that is mailed to you.

https://www.apple.com/watch/apple-heart-study/
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