Patients of Lehigh Valley Health Network will be among some of the first in the nation who are able to use a new function of the Apple iPhone Health app that links electronic health records to the health tracking app.
The new app feature works with the networks existing online health record system, MyLVHN, to bring together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it easy for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers in a single location whenever they choose.
Michael Minear, chief information officer at LVHN, said the app can link iPhone users who are among the 220,000 LVHN patients using the MyLVHN online patient portal with the app.
“You can access MyLVHN using your iPhone or Android phone already, so it’s not entirely new, but you can do a lot more,” Minear said. “This is another positive, and we think our patients will really value it.”
Minear said 20 hospitals and health networks participated in a trial of the program. LVHN was not a part of the trial, but once the service was open to other hospitals, LVHN joined and is among 40 hospitals now participating.
He said the closest hospitals participating are in the Philadelphia region.
Patients wishing to integrate their MyLVHN account with the iPhone Health app can do so through the phone app.
It will store information covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and patients will receive notifications when their data are updated. Health records data are encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode on the user’s phone.
The Health app comes free with newer-model iPhones, and it is also free to sign up for MyLVHN, so there is no cost to the patient, Minear said.
For more information on Apple and health records, visit: https://www.apple.com/healthcare/health-records