Apple computer is launching its electronics health records app with 39 participating hospitals. The new app will combine existing patient data into the Apple Health app if the user is a patient at a participating hospital.
Apple Computer: Participating Hospitals
Thirty nine hospitals are participating in this app launch.
Anyone with an iPhone and iOS version 11.3 will be able to download the patient-facing side of the feature by updating the Health app in iOS.
Stanford Medicine, Scripps, NYU Langone Medical Center, Partners Health Care, Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Duke University Medical Center are among the hospitals joining today. Apple previously announced Penn Medicine, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, and Geisinger Health System as participating members.
The new app will use HL7’s FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) specification. Users will see items like allergies, medications, conditions, and immunizations. In addition, they can check an EHR patient portal for any lab results. Moreover new data is updated in real time and instantly available to the doctor. All data is password protected and encrypted.
Apple Computer: New App Primed For Success
The number of participating hospitals which actually number in the hundreds bodes well for the new smartphone Apple app. There is much skepticism whether Apple can succeed where others have failed. Time will tell, but so far, indeed, Apple is off to great start.