House-call app to add Apple's health records feature

Heal, an app that lets patients book house calls with physicians, has joined Apple's health records project.

In January, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant unveiled plans to integrate patient health records into the iPhone's Health app as part of its iOS 11.3 beta rollout. The program first launched at 12 hospitals, including leading providers like Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. Since then, roughly 100 hospitals have signed on to the project, according to Apple's tally.

With the new feature, patients who schedule an appointment with Heal can now grant a house-call physician access to their records in the iPhone's Health app. Heal physicians can then access the patient's medical history — including healthcare data from other providers — from within Heal's OnCall iPad app.

"A doctor in the home sees data about a person's environment and lifestyle that simply isn't accessible within the walls of the hospital," Renee Dua, MD, CMO and co-founder of Heal, said in a news release. "The invaluable insights a Heal doctor gains from the home, combined with liberated data, means we can provide an unprecedented level of care that is more precise than ever before."

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