While new Animoji are always welcome, they weren't the only important news to come from Apple's iOS 11.3 beta release. One of the standout features is called "Health Records," a convenient way to organize and retrieve your immunizations, allergies, medications, hospital visits, and more directly from the Health app.
If you're someone who has health records with multiple hospitals, or if you're someone who needs to have quick access to your important data, you should give this new iOS 11.3 addition a try. While the official iOS 11.3 update has not yet been released, the beta is open to both developers and public testers, so if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for?
To begin, open up the Health app on your iPhone. If you open up to "Today," tap the "Health Data" tab at the bottom of the display. Next, find and tap on "Health Records," then tap "Get Started" to do just that.
The next page allows you to locate your hospital, the one you normally log into to access health records. When prompted, you can approve or deny Health using your current location. If you tap "Allow," the app will show you hospitals in your area. Feel free to tap "Don't Allow" if you don't want to share your location — you can always search for other establishments manually.
Right now, only a small pool of medical centers is participating, but it will hopefully grow larger as time moves on. These are the places available right now:
- Johns Hopkins Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland)
- Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles, California)
- Penn Medicine (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pennsylvania)
- UC San Diego Health (San Diego, California)
- UNC Health Care (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
- Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois)
- Dignity Health (Arizona, California, and Nevada)
- Ochsner Health System (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana)
- MedStar Health (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia)
- OhioHealth (Columbus, Ohio)
- Cerner Healthe Clinic (Kansas City, Missouri)
Use the search to locate your hospital or select yours from the list provided. Doing so will give you a link to your hospital's website, where you can sign in as you typically would to your healthcare provider's patient portal. And if you're worried about security, Apple specifically states:
This connection is directly between your iOS device and the healthcare provider's systems (including other connected systems that the healthcare provider may use; e.g. electronic medical records services). Any health information you receive in connection with this feature will remain encrypted while stored on your device.
Once you sign in, your health information will transfer to the Health app in an organized, easy-to-view manner. You can select specific queries like allergies, immunizations, and medications from this Health Records list, or you can view all of your records at once. In typical Apple fashion, the records are neatly color-coded and labeled, which makes it easy to find the stats you're looking for. Tap each to access more information.
Of course, you can add more than one hospital's information at a time. Just repeat the process for all hospitals you have health records with, as long as they are participating in the program. All of your connected hospitals will appear at the bottom of the "Health Records" page under Sources.