New Apple Software Update Allows Users to Access Medical Records in Health app

Today, Apple released iOS 11.3 and along with a series of other fun additions, the said update includes a new feature that is called Health Records. If the users are a patient within certain health systems — such as NYU Langone, Duke, Yale, and Stanford –, the patients can see their medical records on their iPhone.

Apple had already announced the new feature a few months ago. However, it is now known how the Health Records feature will actually work. Predictably, it is located within the Health app for easy access. Ideally, the feature keeps the information handy for the patients to be able to view and hand over to their doctors — which is considered to be easier as compared to carrying around an entire medical file. All the data that are contained in the app will be encrypted and protected with the iPhone passcode of the user.

Patients from approximately 40 health institutions across the United States will be able to view their records after updating their iPhone software to iOS 11.3. The list of the medical institutions can be viewed from the website of Apple. However, it would not be surprising if the list of the health institutions continued to expand throughout these coming months.