Third-party apps linked with Apple's health records project to debut this fall

Ricky Bloomfield, MD, clinical and health informatics lead at Apple, said third-party developers working with Apple's health records feature will introduce apps later this year, according to VentureBeat.

Mr. Bloomfield detailed updates on the iPhone maker's health records project during a speech at the ONC's second annual interoperability forum Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Apple unveiled plans to integrate patient health records into the iPhone's Health app in January, noting the feature would be built into its iOS 11.3 beta rollout. Since then nearly 80 hospitals have signed onto the project, which uses an open data-sharing standard called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, known as FHIR.

In June, Apple opened its health records application programming interface to third-party developers, allowing them to build apps using patient records if users gave them permission to access their data. Third-party apps that use this feature are scheduled to debut this fall, according to Mr. Bloomfield.

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