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Trusts go live with Apple Health Records app

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT and Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT have become the first hospitals in the UK to enable patients to access medical data through the Health Records app on iPhone.

Available from today (7th October), patients will be able to view their consolidated health care records directly on their iPhone. It allows them to see a central view of their medical record including lab results, medications, procedures, allergies, conditions, vital signs and immunisations. It also notifies patients when their data is updated.

The app also shows a user health related data such as activity, heart rate, nutrition and other health data from Apple Watch and HealthKit-enabled third-party apps.

At both trusts health data will be made available from Cerner, the electronic patient record used at each. Apple has also worked with Epic, Allscripts, and InterSystems to enable FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standards-based integration with the Health app for the UK and Canada.

Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, MKUH, said: “This is a really exciting step for the hospital and our patients. We continually hear from our patients that they want more autonomy over their health care – having access to their health records is the key part of this, so this is a momentous step forward.”

“Accessing their health records via the Health app on iPhone provides another great option for patients to view their health data. Clinicians will still contact patients to discuss their care and any test results. It just means patients have the additional opportunity to view this information on their iPhone.”

“We are living in a modern world, in which people organise every aspect of their lives online. At MKUH, we want to be at the forefront of making sure the NHS allows patients to do the same.”

Craig York, MKUH’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “It has been fantastic working with Apple, alongside our MyCARE developers Zesty and EPR provider Cerner, to improve the lives of our patients and give them access to all of the information they have been asking for. This is a great example of our commitment to a digital first, person-centred, approach to data.”

At Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT, patients who have registered with the Trust’s “Health for Me” patient portal will be able to access Health Records on iPhone. Currently registration on the patient portal is being rolled out by clinical speciality, starting with Diabetes and Renal, before being rolled out further.

David Walliker, Chief Digital and Partnerships Officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Health Records on iPhone puts our patients at the centre of their care. As a Digital Health Exemplar organisation in the NHS, we are committed to the potential for technology to empower patients to take control of their healthcare.”