Hopkins and MedStar patients can now see medical records on iPhone app

Hopkins and MedStar patients can now see medical records on iPhone app

This afternoon Apple released the newest version of iOS for iPhone and iPad, iOS 11.3 (in public beta form.) Users will be able to download this software whenever they get the opportunity, starting earlier today.

The new feature isn't rolling out to everyone yet, but a pair of local hospital systems will be involved in the pilot, which is the iOS 11.3 beta. A final release, which will roll out this spring, will be free to Apple customers with iPhone 5s devices and later models, as well as to users with iPad Air and iPad Pro devices, and more recent iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch models.

Such records pertain to allergies, immunizations, vitals, test results, medications, procedures, conditions, and so on. It will also let users turn off a controversial piece of software that slows the phone's performance in some situations when the battery is flagging. The Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user's iPhone passcode, according to a company press release. Even before to this, we have been seeing several rumors about the upcoming iPad getting Face ID feature.

Apple's most recent announcement means that iPhone users in the USA will be able to download their medical records from hospitals. The company assures that Business Chat won't share the user's information with businesses and gives users the "ability to stop chatting at any time".

The update to the Health app was made with the 11.3 beta.

After installation of the public beta, the set-up asks on-screen for information to add an Apple TV to the HomeKit setup. A user will be notified whenever new information is available. These can be found in Settings - Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.

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There's more to the new version of iOS than just battery controls, of course. It can recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces such as walls and doors. Failing that it may not appear until September at the next iPhone launch - which could be a worthwhile wait for those hoping the top notch gets ditched.

Another feature that will be present in iOS 11.3 is Advanced Mobile Location, which allows first responders to locate someone within a few inches using a combination of WiFi, cellular signals and Global Positioning System.

Another feature added to Apple Music is support for music videos.

Apple's latest update to the Health app could mark an important milestone in the digitization of health records.

Interestingly, Apple looks set to take on WhatsApp's new, something that Facebook has also tried its hand at with bots and more for businesses in Messenger.

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