The goal of Apple's Health Records initiative is to allow iOS users to properly view their medical history on their devices. For this, hospitals need to share data, and Apple is getting a strong reaction.
Dozens of hospitals and clinics participated when Apple introduced this addition to the Health application in January. That number has increased dramatically in the meantime.
Apple began health tracking with co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 He died in 2011.
Apple added the Health app to iOS 8 in 2014. Jobs' experience has influenced the Apple Watch in 2015 and its health tracking abilities.
iPhone health record
As of August 2, Apple's list of institutions supporting health records on the iPhone had 78 entries. Participants include Adventist Health System, University of Chicago Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine. They include statewide healthcare systems, hospitals and individual doctors.
Available data includes immunizations, test results, allergies, medications, and vital displayed directly in the iOS Health application. So far, patients needed to collect medical data from multiple source websites.
Apple's app uses FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) which is the standard for transferring electronic charts. Information is transferred directly from the hospital or doctor to the iPhone, not via the Apple server.
"When this feature debuted for the first time, Apple's COO, Jeff Williams said," Working closely with the health community, we have created the experience we've been seeking for many years.