For years, patients of Keck Medicine of USC have used the Apple Health app to securely track their daily health information such as heart rate, activity, nutrition, sleep habits and more. Now, Apple is collaborating with Keck Medicine and other health care systems to further develop the app’s capabilities for patients.
The latest development, Health Records, lets iOS users securely access their medical information across seven categories: allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.
Using this feature, patients can download their data through a direct connection with the Keck Medicine records system. Once logged in, the user’s account stays synced to Keck Medicine, so patients can be notified whenever a new update — such as a lab result or a new prescription — has been added to their records.
Along with a chronological overview, patients can also get additional details in their health records, including reference ranges for test results, dosage instructions for prescriptions, the status of ongoing conditions, severity of allergic reactions, and reasons for certain immunizations.
To access the Health Records feature, patients need to open the Health app on their iPhone, make sure the “Summary” tab is selected, and scroll down to Health Records. From there, they can select “Keck Medicine of USC” and log in with the same user name and password they use to access their records online. After a few minutes of processing, data from their MyUSCchart will appear in their health summary.
Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. For more information on health records in the Apple Health app, visit apple.com/health.