New iPhone Health app feature gives doctors easier access to data

iPhone users will be able to share their Health app data directly with doctors. | Image: Apple

People with smartphones and wearable devices regularly show up to the doctor’s office with readouts from apps detailing everything from their heart rate to sleep patterns. Now, with the new iOS 15 update this fall, some iPhone users will be able to send data directly from their Health app to their doctors’ electronic medical records systems.

That type of integration could make it easier for patients to share information with their doctors, says Libo Wang, a cardiology fellow at the University of Utah School of Medicine who studies wearables. “The current workflow is mildly laborious, and requires the patient to email the pdf, and a clinician manually uploading that file to create a permanent record in the official electronic medical…

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Author: Nicole Wetsman