3 Takeaways | Why Databases Matters

iPhone users at more than 100 hospitals and clinics in the US can now access parts of their medical records through the Health app, The Verge and Apple stated in 2018.

The medical information — such as allergies, medical conditions, vaccinations, lab tests, medical procedures, and vitals — will be available to iPhone users who are patients at 39 health systems that are working with Apple, including Stanford Medicine and Johns Hopkins. Before the update, the medical records section of the app was only available to the people who had signed up to test a pre-release version.

Below, OMS Consulting Group summarized three major takeaways from this publication:

One: Providing patients with a way to easily see their medical records gives them somewhat better control over their health information, which can stay stuck in the silos of individual health systems.

Two: Ready access to medical records might also help patients catch potentially dangerous mistakes.

Three: Poorly designed electronic health records, or EHRs, have been linked to medical errors, according to a recent study.