Apple has made the Health Records feature available to iPhone users in the UK and Canada, enabling them to view and store their medical records within the Health app. The first healthcare institutions to make the feature to patients are Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, and Women’s College Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Hamilton, and Mackenzie Health in Canada.
The Health Records feature creates a direct link between medical institutions and a patient’s device, meaning they can see all their allergies, conditions, immunisations, medications, and more in one place. In the UK, a similar feature already exists within the NHS app.
“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 organisations to put privacy at the centre of the patient experience.”
In the US, the Health Records feature is supported by more than 500 institutions, responsible for over 11,000 care locations.