Health Records on iPhone available to patients of Community Health Systems-affiliated hospitals

Community Health Systems, Inc., has announced that many of its affiliated hospitals now support Health Records on the iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it easy for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose. 

Approximately 100 CHS-affiliated hospitals are participating to help patients easily aggregate medical data. Patients who have received care from a CHS-affiliated participating hospital can use their iPhones to securely receive and store important details from their medical records, including allergies, conditions, immunizations, labs, medications, procedures and vitals. Patients can also receive notifications whenever their data is updated.

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Previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and patient portal and piece together their health information manually. Now, medical information from each patient’s participating providers is organized into a single view with all of the available information stored together, says Lynn Simon, M.D, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer of Community Health Systems.

Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach and created Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID, he adds. For more info on Health Records, visit: https://www.apple.com/healthcare/health-records/ .