Access to personal medical records (21) Health Records on iPhone available today in the UK

29 August, 2021

Health Records on iPhone available today in the UK - Apple

"The feature brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Health app to provide a fuller snapshot of health.

"The Health Records feature within the Health app is now available for users in the UK to securely view and store their medical records right on their iPhone, with their privacy protected at all times. Oxford University Hospitals and Milton Keynes University Hospital are the first healthcare institutions in the UK to make this feature available to their patients.

In the US, over 500 institutions currently support Health Records on iPhone, listing more than 11,000 care locations. Previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log in to each healthcare provider’s website to piece together their health information manually. Health Records creates a direct connection between medical institutions and a patient’s iPhone, allowing users to see a central view of their allergies, conditions, immunisations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals across multiple institutions, and to be notified when their data is updated.

What is particularly neat about the Apple patient aggregated record is that it is processed by the patient themselves *** so requires no complicated mesh of information governance agreements to allow sharing.

I have not used the apple app.

(***Art. 2 GDPR Material scope - This Regulation applies to the processing of personal data wholly or partly by automated means and to the processing other than by automated means of personal data which form part of a filing system or are intended to form part of a filing system presenting to at a specific day or time. This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity;)

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT