The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release a new capability this summer that will allow veterans who receive care from the VA to access their health records on Apple iPhones.

Using the iPhone’s Health app, veterans will be able to “see an aggregated view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals,” according to the VA. And because the app’s Health Records feature works with other private health care providers, it will allow veterans to bring together their data from multiple providers, including the VA, in one place.

“When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives.”

Within 24 hours of visiting a VA facility, veterans will be able to access their updated health information in Apple’s Health app. The department says it expects to expand access to other platforms down the line. (Fedscoop, 11th February 2019)

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