Several new health networks are signing up for a feature that allows patients to download health records directly to their Apple devices, a signal that providers find the program valuable, Chilmark analyst Brian Eastwood tells Morning eHealth.
Apple debuted a beta version of the feature in January and has been adding more participants incrementally. Eastwood says it’s too early to tell whether the program will meaningfully change the way patients consume their own health data. If providers find that the Apple feature encourages patients to access their patient records more than they would through a standard patient portal, he might consider it successful, he said.
Cleveland Clinic, among the recent adopters, also offers its own health records app, called MyChart. It’s offering the Apple Health app as another conduit for patient data.
Helping patients access their own records “enhances our relationship with our patients,” Peter Rasmussen, medical director of digital health at Cleveland Clinic, said in a news release. Cleveland Clinic’s broader goal is to “to make that access as easy, convenient and useful as possible.”