Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. This “younger generation” of seniors is more tech-savvy than previous generations — and more accustomed to having the world adapt itself to their needs.
Apple certainly knows that, and has just made a significant update to their Health app in the newest version of their iPhone operating system, iOS 11.3.
The updated Health app aggregates data from a variety of locations, so that patients do not need to log into each individual provider’s website in order to view their medical records.
The app makes available, at a glance, information that includes allergies, medical conditions, immunization records, lab results, medications, procedures, and vital signs. The information is encrypted, and is compliant with FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for handling electronic medical records.
An increasing number of medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rush University Medical Cente, in Chicago, Illinois, are connecting to the app.
Will the new Health app do for medicine what iTunes did for music? That remains to be seen, but almost certainly, baby boomers will seek high-tech ways to improve the quality of their senior years.