Health Records on iPhone now available to veterans across the US

Joanna Estrada
November 8, 2019

Data stored in the health app on iPhones is encrypted in such a way that Apple can not read the data, even if the data is backed up to Apple's iCloud service.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities.

Because the widely available FHIR-enabled Health Records feature is already enabling patients at hundreds of USA hospitals and clinics-outside the VA-to access medical information from participating healthcare institutions, veterans who use the app on their iPhones will be able to see their medical data from multiple providers.

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The Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest medical system in the country, and has made a decision to work with Apple to help provide veterans with the health information they need, whenever they need it. The Health app will show lab results, immunizations, medications, and so much more.

Ahead of Wednesday's national rollout, the VA over the summer launched Health Records to a limited number of patients.

According to the VA, the new capability falls under the Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API) initiative, which was first revealed in February and is meant to provide patient access to health records by tapping into innovative applications on mobile devices and web browsers.

To access the information, users will need to open up the Health app, go to accounts, then health records and start from there.

Veterans across the U.S. and some surrounding territories including Cuba, Guam, Philippines, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands can now access the Health Records via the Health app on their iPhones. Today, Apple and the VA make the program available to all. However, the ability to access that data has been limited to those hospitals and medical systems working with Apple to allow people to access their records.

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