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ChristianaCare Patients Can Now Securely Share Apple Health App Data with Providers

With iOS 15, ChristianaCare patients can share certain types of health data from the Health app on iPhone with their provider for more informed conversations

ChristianaCare, one of the most innovative health care providers in the United States, today offers patients the option to share important everyday health information stored in the Apple Health app directly with their provider.

ChristianaCare is one of the first health systems to offer this new feature with the availability of iOS 15.

With iOS 15, patients are now able to share certain types of this data in a secure way, to have more informed, meaningful conversations with their clinician. The Apple Health app is a central and secure place to view personal health and fitness data consolidated from iPhone, Apple Watch, compatible third-party apps and devices, and available health records from participating health care organizations. This new functionality enables patients to securely share visibility into their health with a trusted health care provider or care team.

“There are hundreds of apps and devices that are connected to Apple’s health kit today, including biometric scales, blood pressure cuffs, sleep monitors, activity trackers and so much more,” said Tim Shiuh, M.D., chief health information officer and vice president, clinical transformation, at ChristianaCare. “In the past, patients had to keep track of all of that information in logbooks that they’d bring to their doctor’s office—or maybe that data just wasn’t available. By enabling data that originates from digital devices such as Apple Watch and iPhone to be viewable directly within the provider’s electronic health record software, it creates a much better picture, and it enables health care providers to analyze it and find actionable insights that can help change the trajectory of a patient’s care.”

ChristianaCare patients can now select categories of this information to share with their provider within the Apple Health app, including data like activity, heart rate, cycle tracking, sleep, irregular rhythm notifications, falls and more, as well as certain health records categories like labs and immunizations. When patients choose to share this data, their health care team will be able to view the shared data in a web-based view in the patient’s electronic health record, which is powered by Cerner.

When viewing health data the patient has shared, providers can review trends and changes over time in easy-to-read summary charts, and choose to incorporate relevant information into the patient medical record.

“The electronic medical record is foundational to the patient-provider relationship,” said Randall Gaboriault, MS, MBA, ChristianaCare’s Chief Digital and Information Officer. “This new feature in iOS 15 and in our electronic medical record is an exciting step forward for patients and providers. This is about patient agency—it gives each individual the ability to collect and own their self-generated health data and then choose to make some or all of that data available to their health care provider. This in turn opens up an entirely new potential for the patient and care team to engage in conversation and learning that can ultimately improve health.”

This new feature builds on Health Records on iPhone, which creates a direct, encrypted connection between participating health institutions and a patient’s iPhone so patients can see a central view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals directly within the Health app. Apple worked with the health care community to augment the SMART on FHIR standard to support end-to-end encryption for this health data sharing feature, meaning all data is secure and encrypted in transit and at rest. Apple does not have access to the encryption keys and cannot view what patients have shared with their health care team. This feature is designed to meet the privacy and security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Patients can share information stored in the Health app with their provider by updating their iPhone to iOS 15 and selecting the Sharing tab within the Health app. After tapping “Share with your doctor” at the bottom, they can search for and select ChristianaCare, and authenticate with their patient portal username and password, then select certain categories of Health app data to securely share with a chosen provider. They will also be able to view available health records from ChristianaCare next to their other health information in the Health app whenever they choose.

“For years, patients have had the ability to connect their Apple Health app to their electronic medical record at ChristianaCare so that they can easily view all of their available health data in one place,” Dr. Shiuh said. “Now, it can become a two-way information exchange. As more and more people use Apple Watch and other wearables and devices that can collect information about heart rhythm, sleep, exercise and more, it creates a wealth of data that can inform the patient-provider conversation and provide us with insights that help us to take better care of patients.”

For more information on Health Records and the health data sharing with provider feature in the Health app, visit: https://www.apple.com/healthcare/health-records/

     

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Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 5th best health system to work for in the United States and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

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