Smartphone giant Apple has launched a new feature on its health app allowing customers to see their medical records on their iPhone.
As part of the technology company’s latest mobile software update iOS 11.3, a health records section has been added to the app that combines data from Apple Health with information from hospitals and clinics.
Users are able to see available medical data from multiple providers whenever they chose.
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and other participating hospitals and clinics are one of the first to make this beta feature available to their patients.
Prior to the update, a patient’s medical record in the US would be held in multiple locations, requiring them to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually.
With the new feature, patients can view medical information from different sources in one place. This includes allergies, conditions, immunisations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. Users can receive notifications when their data is updated.
Apple confirmed the data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode as well as adding more medical facilities in the coming months.
iOS 11.3 is expected to be out this Spring and it will be a free download and run on any iOS device that currently supports iOS 11