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Apple’s Health Record app has been generally well-received by two hospitals that joined the beta testing. Both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Penn Medicine praised how the app works and are implementing security over medical records.

Medical Records Easily Accessed by Patients

On January 24, Apple announced a health-centric application called Health Record, available in devices running on iOS 11.3. Health Record is an app designed to provide easy access for users to view and secure their medical records. It also allows the integration of multiple health records from different medical institutions.

The app relies on the existing Health app back in 2014 released on iOS 8. The Health app enables the connection between medical facilities and the EMR systems and makes data sharing possible for patients, resulting in a fully integrated health record system.

Medical records selected by users to be transferred from a healthcare provider to the Health record app are encrypted and do not go through Apple’s network. If the device used to access the records has security implementations, the data is also encrypted on the device. And when users decide to sync their medical records, the data is encrypted and made inactive to keep them safe from viewers.

"I love the privacy disclosures and clarity… with regard to the patient. I think they're [Apple] absolutely exemplary in this regard and way ahead of others," said Dr. Peter Greene, chief information officer at Johns Hopkins.

Even though the information in the Health Record app is not 100 percent complete, the medical records still contain essential data like known allergies, pre-existing medical conditions, immunization record, lab results, list of medications, list of medical procedures, and vital signs. Since its release up to last week, about 39 hospitals have joined to test the app.