Apple Announces New Health Care Partnership With Veterans Affairs

Apple brings U.S. vet health records into 21st century

Apple announces Health Records feature coming to veterans

The VA laid the groundwork for the Apple app when it launched its first health application programming interface late a year ago, which it said would allow veterans "to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps".

The government agency and the Silicon Valley tech giant jointly announced that the Health app included with every iPhone will soon be able to sync with certain types of medical records that, up to this point, have only been available through My HealtheVet, the VA's online Web portal.

Apple has announced that its Health Records feature will soon be made available to U.S. veterans thanks to a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The data available to veterans will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals, Apple explains. The data will be encrypted and further protected with your iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.

"We have great admiration for veterans, and we're proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community", said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. Aggregated health records from participating institutions, including the VA, will be found by in the Health Records on iPhone feature.

Apple first introduced this feature in March 2018 with support for more than 40 health systems, including Duke, NYU Langone, Stanford, and Yale.

Welcoming VA providers into the fold is a huge addition.

Apple's announcement follows plans that Microsoft shared last week to make patient information more accessible to all involved parties, by storing health records on the Azure cloud.

The VA is the largest health-care organization in the nation with more than 1,200 facilities in total providing health care to more than 9 million Americans.

Apple has been slowly but surely revolutionizing healthcare with its products and services since the introduction of the HealthKit framework and Health app in 2014.

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