Apple's software that allows US veterans to care through the United States Veterans Health Administration (VA) to securely see their aggregated health records on iPhones will be launched soon, the company recognized Monday.
The Wall Street Journal reported for the first time in November 2018 that Apple would create special software tools that allowed VA's veterans to be registered in the system to transfer health records to iPhones and provide technical support to the agency.
The official press release quotes CEO Tim Cook who said:
Apple has been working closely on this project with the VA, which is the largest medical system in the United States offering services to more than nine million veterans over 1,243 facilities.
We have great admiration for veterans, and we are proud to get a solution like Health Records on the iPhone for the veteran community. It is truly an honor to contribute to the improved health service of America's heroes.
The Download Office feature supports viewing data from a variety of participating institutions in one central location in the Health app on the iPhone.
Health information supports these medical records:
- Lab Results
With this feature, VA patients will soon could get a single integrated snapshot of their health profile with combined Apple Watch data and VA health records. All Health Records data is encrypted and protected by the user's iPhone password, touch ID or face ID.
Apple hopes that American veterans who use this ability will experience improved healthcare and better understanding of their health. Apple's Kevin Lynch said this would be the first record sharing platform available to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Apple launched Health Records in IOS 11.3 in March 2018.