Apple wants to put medical records on your iPhone. Here’s how it works

Jan 28, 2018

Apple  wants to change how you access your medical records.  Though not entirely unexpected (rumors of Apple’s plans have been swirling for months), the announcement confirms that Apple’s ambitions in the healthcare space go far beyond simple fitness tracking. The feature, which will be available to iPhone and Apple Watch owners once the iOS 11.3 update rolls out later this year, stands to completely change how people access and track their medical history and care.

How it works

Healthcare providers typically work with third-party vendors who maintain the software that enables hospitals and doctors’ offices to provide electronic health records to patients in the first place. For now, Apple has formed partnerships with three such companies in order to make it possible for their software to be integrated with Apple’s Health app.

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