Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is allowing veterans to access their health records with their iPhones through a new collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Now, 9 million veterans will be able to see conditions, allergies, immunizations, tests, diagnoses, and more in the iPhone Health Records section of the Health app. The goal, according to a statement from Apple, is to help veterans improve their health care by helping them have better and more productive conversations with their physicians.
Health records can be difficult to access online, often appearing as a fragmented paper trail filled with gaps. Many patients still must request records from every hospital or clinic they’ve visited to document their medical history. Apple’s Vice President of technology, Kevin Lynch, said of the endeavor, “Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest medical system in the country Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the partnership, “We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community. It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.”
The announcement is just the latest move from Apple into health care and the latest major collaboration between Apple and a health care system. Apple already provides records access from more than 100 hospitals in 39 different health care systems. Apple is likely to continue to build partnerships with as many medical institutions as they can to provide access to health information to as many people as possible.