Northwest Health supports records access on iPhone

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Springdale-based Northwest Health now supports Health Records on iPhone. The app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it easier for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose.

Patients who have received care at Northwest Health can now use their iPhone to access and visualize important details of their medical records, including allergies, conditions, immunizations, labs, medications, procedures and vitals, the provider said.

“We’re excited to offer patients this convenient access to their health record in the palm of their hand,” said Denten Park, market CEO of Northwest Health. “Apple offers a secure platform that people trust and it’s great to have a new resource to connect patients with their data.”

He said previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach and created Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records.

Patients now have medical information from participating institutions organized into one view and can receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

Northwest Health patients can also access their health information directly via their hospital and physician group portals at this link.

Through CareNotify, hospital discharge summaries, diagnostic imaging and lab results are available. The physician group portal makes medical records, medications and other outpatient information available.

More information on Health Records is available here.