Apple is breaking down the barrier between patients and doctors starting with this news

Apple is breaking down the barrier between patients and doctors starting with this news
Apple announced today that soon, Veterans will soon be able to see their own health records over an Apple iPhone. Aggregated health records from participating institutions, including the VA, will be found by in the Health Records on iPhone feature. The information available from the Health app will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.

To protect unauthorized parties from getting their hands on these records, the data is encrypted and the phone is protected by a passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. The VA is the largest health-care organization in the country, covering 9 million veterans who are treated in 1,243 facilities. 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.

The deal between Apple and the US Department of Veterans Affairs may not seem like a big deal to those who didn't serve the country. But health-care experts are saying that it is actually the first step in allowing consumers to have access to their medical records. This will allow patients to show their health-care history to a doctor so that they won't have to be subjected to duplicate tests.



1. Deadeye37

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

While I think this is cool, much needed, and gets me excited for the future, it also brings up a big qualm of mine. Because this is with Apple, they are going to use their leverage to make it so that this will be an Apple only thing instead of a more standardized thing that other services can access too (Android phones, desktop applications, etc). Generally when Apple gets onto a thing, they don't want to play with others or open up that service to other ecosystems.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6841; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple doesn't own the health industry so I wouldn't worry too much about it. This will likely be the first steps in testing this concept, which will eventually be rolled out to everyone regardless of the phone they use.

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 567; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

That's true, they play solo, but they should focus first on fix their software and their update cycles which has become a loop of bugs and security holes.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Buy an iPhone you...... It's as simple as that. Apple is not that bad, trust me. iPhone is a pretty good device.

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