Upstate partners with Apple to give patients easy access to their health information on iPhone
Upstate already provides medical records data to patients through UpstateMyChart. The MyChart website and app allows patients to interact with testing results, see and request appointments, request medication refills, ask questions of their physicians and more.
Upstate is the first health system in Syracuse to partner with Apple and now provides the additional ability to share information into Apple’s Health app. Patients already receiving their health records through Upstate’s My Chart, the secure, online application, can now easily import their health records to the existing health app. Information such as allergies, medications, testing results and immunizations are shared.
“This initiative now puts all of an individual’s health information in one location,” said Upstate Chief Medical Information Officer Neal Seidberg, MD. “Not only medical records and lab results from their providers will be available hered, but information that the Apple Health app tracks, such as heart rate, steps, calories consumed and other information.”
Seidberg said that tracking all health information in one, easy convenient location empowers patients. “A major consideration to partner with Apple was to provide our patients with a new and important way to monitor, manage, and gain a better understanding of their overall health. For families who are on-the-go, the ability to have access to all kinds of health information in the palm of your hand can give on peace of mind.”
To store health records on iPhone, patients need to open the Apple Health app, click on Health Records, click on Get Started and select Upstate Medical University. The Upstate MyChart sign in screen will appear where patients will enter their MyChart username and password. All information contained in MyChart will be uploaded automatically to the iPhone and placed in the corresponding categories: All Records, Allergies, Clinical Vitals, Conditions, Immunizations, Lab Results, Medications and Procedures.
Patients will receive notifications each time their health information is updated.
Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
Upstate introduced first introdcued its MyChart app in 2012 for its Family Medicine patients. Today, Upstate’s electronic health record system is available throughout the entire health system.
“No matter where patients are cared for in the Upstate health system, their medical records are always available, and Apple Health gives patients another dynamic option to store, track and monitor their health,” Seidberg said.