Apple announced a partnership with UNC Health Care on Jan. 24 that will allow patients to access health records on the iPhone Health app.
The app will grant patients access to their health records through the My UNC Chart portal, a system that all UNC Health Care patients can currently use. Tracy Parham, UNC Health Care's chief information officer, said the app can also collect data from other sources, making it easier for patients to gather personal health information.
“I think when you think about the number of people who use iPhones and have familiarity with the Health app and other tools, this will provide you not only (medical) data, but other data that you may be pulling into your Apple Health from a Fitbit, a scale system, other data that you may use to really benefit your own personal health,” Parham said.
Though the app is still being tested, patients in the Apple Beta Software Program can use the app.
Data on the Health app is encrypted and protected by the user's iPhone passcode.