Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Now Offers Apple’s Health Records App


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Henry Ford Health System will now offer its patients Health Records on iPhone, which covers allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals.

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Henry Ford Health System in Detroit today announced it now supports Health Records on iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Apple Health app to make it easier for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers. 

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.

In Health Records, patients can see their medical information from participating institutions organized into one view. The app covers allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals. Users also will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user's iPhone passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.

"With all of the digital advancements being made, we know that it's more important than ever to offer our patients a variety of choices to access their health information easily and conveniently," says Paul Browne, senior vice president and chief information officer at Henry Ford. "Health Records helps us do just that for many of our mobile users." 

Patients can enroll through the "Health Records" section of Apple's Health app. Once they select Henry Ford Health System, users will be prompted to enter their Henry Ford MyChart login and password, and authorize the release of their health records to the Health app.

In addition to providing patients with another digital option, Apple's Health Records can also be an added resource when patients are communicating with providers. Having information immediately available offers enhanced ability to provide patient care.

"When patients come to an emergency department and have quick access to all their personal health data, especially medications and allergies, the emergency team can provide prompt medical care which is critical in life-saving situations," says Dr. David Allard, chief medical information officer at Henry Ford. "Providing patients easy access to their personal health data whenever and wherever they need it makes for better healthcare."

To learn more about how to access Henry Ford patient records using the Health Records, click here.

For more information on Health Records, click here.

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