The VA laid the groundwork for the Apple app when it launched its first health application programming interface late a year ago, which it said would allow veterans "to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps". "It's truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America's heroes".
Apple has announced that its Health Records feature will soon be made available to United States veterans thanks to a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Apple introduced health record sharing with iOS 12, and this appears to be a natural extension of that. "By building upon the Veterans Health API, we're raising the bar in collaborating with private sector organizations to create and deploy innovative digital products for veterans".
Starting this summer, veterans will be able to direct their iPhones to automatically populate with information on allergies, health conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vital signs.
Apple plans to make things easier for veterans by bringing access directly to iPhone users via the Health app, and it'll include information from participating institutions. It will be displayed alongside other information in the Health app, such as Apple Watch data, to deliver a single, "integrated snapshot" of their health profile.
To protect unauthorized parties from getting their hands on these records, the data is encrypted and the phone is protected by a passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
"When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians", Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a statement.
Apple's goal, according to Kevin Lynch, its vice president of technology, is to give veterans the opportunity "to better understand and improve their health".
Health Records on iPhone will be the first such platform that will be made available to the Veterans Association.
The largest medical system in the U.S., the VA now serves more than 9 million veterans.