Apple is bringing Health Records feature on iPhones for veterans exclusively, by partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair (VA). With the help of the new feature, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to view all their personal medical data directly in the Health app on their iPhone.
“We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.”
The data rendered by the new feature will be an integrated snapshot of records – from participating institutions, including VA – pertaining to allergies, immunizations, vitals, test results, medications, procedures, conditions, and so on. Furthermore, this data is “encrypted and protected with user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID,” Apple confirmed.
On enabling the feature, every participating vet’s device will be automatically updated with the latest health record information, and it takes place within 24 hours of any changes – like, a hospital visit. To avail this facility, vets will have to sign in with their military credentials inside the Health App. “Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology.
Anyhow, this isn’t the first time Apple decided to honor the country’s fighting men and women. It recently launched a dedicated online store for veterans and military members to purchase items for a discounted price.