As we celebrate Veterans Day this week, we have great news regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s now going to be easier than ever to access your medical records if you use the VA and own an iOS device. The VA has teamed up with Apple to now store all medical records right through Apple’s Health app. We’ve got all of the latest details about this partnership so keep reading to learn more.
Veterans Now Can Access Health Records on Apple’s Health App if They Use the VA
If you are one of the millions of veterans that use the VA then you can now access your medical records right from your iOS device. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed up with Apple to bring all medical records right to the Health app. Over 400 organizations in healthcare have teamed up with Apple to make medical records available to users, including Quest Diagnostics and Johns Hopkins.
As long as you are a veteran that receives healthcare through the VA, you’ll be able to access all of the important medical files right through Apple’s Health app. This includes information about immunizations, lab results, and medications. There’s also a lot of other relevant information pertaining to your healthcare through the VA available on the Health app. The best part about this is that your health records are automatically updated in the app. This allows you to get the most accurate and updated information in order to keep you healthy and aware of your health situation.
VA Teams up with Apple to Bring Health Records to iOS
What we love about this news is that it’s coinciding with Veterans Day, and the official announcement was made on a day where we honor those that served this country. The actual ability to make VA health records available on iOS has been something in the works for quite a while now.
A few select VA patients were able to test out the new Apple Health app integration this summer. Now, it’s going to be available to everyone using the VA. If you want quick and private access to your medical records, it’s going to be right there at your fingertips.
As far as the VA is concerned, it actually is the biggest healthcare system in the country. There are over 1,250 different healthcare facilities within the United States and the VA serves over 9 million veterans. The VA has been looking for ways to streamline everything, including how information is transmitted from the VA to patients.
Since the VA is dealing with a lot of sensitive and personal information, it makes it more difficult to figure out the streamlined process. The new iOS ability really could be a game-changer for both the veterans and those that are caring for them.
Will You Use Apple’s Health App to Access Your VA Records?
One tricky part about the VA now integrating with Apple’s Health app is that a lot of those using the VA are much older. Older people oftentimes don’t trust the Internet or mobile devices when it comes to sensitive information, such as health records. Not only that, but a lot of older people also aren’t as tech-savvy.
It’s even possible that the veteran in question doesn’t even own an iOS device or other smartphones. That’s why we are curious as to where people stand when it comes to using an iOS device to access medical records, such as through the VA.
We want to know in the comments below whether or not you will be using Apple’s Health app to access your VA medical records? Do you know someone who could benefit from using the Health app to get this information but know they don’t trust apps for such information? Are you going to try to encourage your VA family members and friends to use the Health app to look at their medical records from the VA?
What other ways do you think the VA can streamline the information and data without putting medical records at risk? We want to hear from you in the comments below what you think of the VA doing this and if you think it will help veterans with their healthcare.