Allscripts offers Apple Health Records to enable patient data access

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Healthcare IT vendor Allscripts is jumping on the Apple Health Records bandwagon by making the solution for transferring electronic medical records available to its customers and their patients.

The company’s Professional EHR, Sunrise and TouchWorks products now offer Apple Health Records, which leverages HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for data transfer and OAuth 2.0 security profiles for authentication to enable consumers to securely access their health data on their iPhones.

“Previously, an individual’s health information was held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log in to each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually,” according to Allscripts’ announcement. “Now, individuals will have medical information from participating institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated.”

Last year, Apple announced a FHIR-enabled Health Records feature that enables patients at hundreds of hospitals and clinics to access medical information from various healthcare institutions and to organize it into a single aggregated view on their iOS devices.

“With Health Records on iPhone, patients can become more active members of their own care team,” said Allscripts CEO Paul Black in a written statement. “Health Records on iPhone empowers individuals to direct how their own health data is stored and used.”

In 2018, Apple also announced the availability of a Health Records API in an effort to enable developers to create an ecosystem of apps that empower patients by communicating with Apple’s HealthKit—provided they have users’ permissions—to access and share this data.

Allscripts said that several healthcare organizations participated in early testing of its Health Records integration, including Blessing Health System, Digestive Disease Associates, Erie County Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sharp HealthCare, Think Whole Person Healthcare and UT Physicians.

“Giving our patients easy and mobile access to their healthcare providers and their health records is important to us,” said Rick Pane, COO of Think Whole Person Healthcare, a multidisciplinary patient-centered medical home. “Today, people can access all kinds of information. Their own health records should be at the top of the list. At Think, we aim to be the leaders in changing healthcare and helping people to live their healthiest lives. It makes absolute sense to partner with the leader in technology to help do so.”

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