The Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit organization, has launched Apple Health Records integration on iPhone allowing patients to easily access their health data through the native iOS Health app. Starting Tuesday, Mayo Clinic patients with a Patient Online Services account will be able to use the feature by logging in with their username and password.
Mayo Clinic launches Apple Health Records integration for iOS users
Via a press release, the Mayo Clinic announced that its Health app on iPhone, now supports Apple’s Health Records feature to allow patients to easily access their health records and data. Note that the use of Health Records in iPhone’s Health app is optional and it will not impact the user’s ‘Patient Online Services account.
Steve Ommen, M.D., Medical Director of Experience Products for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Digital Health, said that the feature can be helpful for accessing records, tracking daily fitness and diet. Dr. Ommen also emphasized that the institution intends to make the feature as secure and transparent as possible.
“There are more ways than ever for patients to be actively engaged in their health care, and smartphone apps can be helpful for accessing records and tracking daily fitness and diet … We want patients who are interested in these apps to be able to use them securely and enhance their health care at Mayo Clinic.”
“We know that our patients want the ease and convenience of having access to their electronic health records. Increasingly, health care providers will be required to make this information available to patients … Our goal is to make the process as secure and transparent as possible, with patients in control of what they choose to share.”
Health Records maintains patient’s privacy by using an encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and health care organizations. The overarching idea of Health Records is that it allows users to gather their data in a safe place and use that data to making informed decisions about their health.
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