Apple’s Health Records feature was added to the Health app for U.S. residents in early 2018. In recent years, Apple says the feature has been adopted by more than 500 institutions with more than 11,000 nursing homes. Health Records is now expanding to the UK and Canada for the first time.
Initially, the feature will be used by two institutions in the UK and three in Canada. In the United Kingdom, Health Records are adopted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In Canada, the Women’s College Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Mackenzie Health are adding to the feature.
“We designed Health Records on the iPhone to allow people to easily view their health records at any time, and we’re excited 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 that people should have access to their health information in the most private and secure way, and we have worked hand in hand with health institutions and organizations to put privacy at the heart of the patient experience.”
It’s great to see Health Records extending across the United States. Healthcare is a highly regulated industry worldwide, so it’s no surprise that it has taken time for the function to expand beyond the United States. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a broader rollout.
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