The Mayo Clinic announced today that it now supports Apple’s Health Records feature. This means Mayo Clinic patients with Patient Online Services accounts can now use health records to access health data directly from their iPhone.
Using health records in the Apple Health app on iPhone allows users to bring together their health data from different providers and institutions in one place. It also allows users to view their health records alongside data collected by other third-party apps and from the Apple Watch.
The Mayo Clinic made the announcement in a press release.
“There are more ways than ever for patients to be actively involved in their healthcare, and smartphone apps can be useful for accessing records and tracking daily fitness and diet,” says Steve Ommen, MD, Medical Director of Experienced Products for the Mayo Clinic’s Center. for digital health. “We want patients interested in these apps to be able to use them safely and improve their healthcare at the Mayo Clinic. “
The Mayo Clinic also stresses that confidentiality is at the forefront of health records implementation. “Using health records in the iPhone’s Health app is optional and will not change or affect the user’s Patient Online Services account,” the company said.
Health Records protects patient privacy by using an encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and healthcare organizations. The downloaded health records are stored on the user’s device and encrypted with the user’s password. Users access their Mayo Clinic health records by authenticating with their Patient Online Services username and password. Health Records is available on iPhone but not on iPad.
With the expansion of health records at the Mayo Clinic today, more than 700 institutions and 12,000 care settings support health records.
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