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Apple Teams Up With VA to Let Veterans Access Health Records Via iPhone

November 7, 2019, 12:38 AM UTC

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Apple—no stranger to health care ambitions—has teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to let veterans access their health records on the iPhone.

The partnership leverages Apple’s iOS Health app, introduced back in 2018 and with support from more than 500 hospitals and clinics, and includes a health records feature that can let iPhone users pull up medical data such as lab test results and prescribed medications.

Now, all veterans covered by the VA and receiving treatment through the Veterans Health Administration will have access to those features.

Why is that such a big deal? It means that more than nine million veterans who receive care through the Veterans Health Administration—technically the largest integrated health system in the country—will now be able to use iPhone to access these records (and potentially incentivize them to snap up one of the devices over a competitor in the process).

Read on for the day’s news.

Sy Mukherjee


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