Apple update adopts HL7 allowing users to access medical records on iPhone

When Apple releases its latest operating system iOS 10 this fall, iPhone users will reportedly be able to request access to their medical records through the Health app, reports The Next Web.

The update will allow users to request medical records and documentation from providers whose electronic records adhere to the HL7 Continuity of Care Document standard for document exchange between providers, according to the report.

Users will be able to request records through apps that are connected with HealthKit, the framework for Apple's Health app, or through the Safari and Mail apps, according to the report. Records are delivered in XML files, a markup language that encodes documents, and HealthKit is able to decode the file into a readable format, according to the report. (A 9to5 Mac report goes through the steps here, and includes screenshots of what the process looks like.) 

Users will have to submit new medical record requests every time they want an updated copy of their information, as a security measure prevents apps from updating records stored on phones, according to the report.

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