Gone are the days of fumbling through stacks of paper health records for Apple users in Canada. The brand has introduced a digitized Health Records feature on the iPhone Health app, available starting today in Canada.
Patients at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill are among the first to be able to use this feature, which stores all personal information, such as allergies, conditions, immunizations lab results, medication lists, in one place. In the U.S. more than 500 institutions currently support the Health Records feature on iPhone.
“We designed Health Records on iPhone to empower people to easily view their health records at any time, and we are thrilled to put this feature in the hands of customers in the UK and Canada,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of technology, in a statement. “We believe people should have access to their health information in the most private and secure way, and we have worked hand in hand with healthcare institutions and organizations to put privacy at the centre of the patient experience.”
Rest assured, your privacy is protected. The app uses a direct, encrypted connection between users’ healthcare provider and their records. The information is also protected by each iPhone owner’s passcode, Touch ID and/or Face ID.
According to the news release, more partner healthcare organizations will be announced in the future.
“Women’s College Hospital is proud to be among the first in Canada to offer Health Records on iPhone,” Heather McPherson, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital, stated. “As we accelerate our virtual care strategy, we are committed to shaping a health system that people can navigate more effectively. We believe that digital tools like Health Records can contribute to more informed decision making and improve the healthcare experience.”
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