Apple OS Update to Give Doctors Access to Health Data

Apple OS Update Gives Doctors Access to Health Data

With the launch of the new iOS this week, some iPhone users can use Apple’s health data sharing feature on the Health App to directly share data with their physicians through their EHRs (electronic health records).

This iOS 15 integration will initially involve six leading EHR companies: Athenahealth, Allscripts, CPSI, Cerner, DrChrono, and Meditech Expanse. Some of these EHR companies say doctors and healthcare providers are eager to use this feature.

During a press release in June when the Health App debuted, an Apple official said, “Having meaningful chats with a physician about routine activities during an appointment is a crucial part of managing your wellbeing, but it can be challenging to remember all the details.” With this in mind, Apple also announced that iOS 15 would allow Apple users to store certifiable health records in the Health App.

Why Is This a Major Breakthrough?

Persons who use Apple’s health data sharing feature on the Health App can allow doctors to see their heart rate, detected falls, hours of sleep, and time spent exercising, among other variables. This data can help physicians keep a closer eye on metrics that could be vital to a person’s health, even without the person having to share the data during physical clinic visits.

iPhone users can also share data at their discretion with other users, such as partners, family members, or others who might find the data helpful. Apple says for the person getting this data, “The data is presented with highlighted trends and meaningful insights.”

What Have the Various EHR Companies Said Regarding This Breakthrough?


DrChrono intends to roll out this Health App feature to a select set of users before gradually expanding to its entire client base, which includes about 4,000 medical practitioners. DrChrono can track how often this feature is utilized.

DrChrono’s chief operating officer and co-founder, Daniel Kivatinos, says that the company plans to collect data on how many of their clients upload data from their Health App to DrChrono’s platform.

Kivatinos also says that the company has gotten feedback from medical practitioners that they are very excited about the prospect of remote patient monitoring.


The Vice President of interoperability at the company, Sam Lambson, says they are interested in the feature that contains the user’s online medical records. He says, “Once our client health care providers have seen a demo and understood it, the following questions mostly center around how quickly they can get the feature and implement it for remote monitoring.”


Tina Joros, the general manager and vice president at Allscripts, says that a small number of healthcare providers that use online medical records from the company have already been using this feature as part of a testing stage.

Joros says, “For the moment, they can use it on a select group of people. They’ve got all the tech in place, and when it’s available for all patients, they will start advertising it to them.” One test group is thrilled about the new feature of viewing patient information from an at-home blood pressure checker.

The doctors employed by these healthcare providers usually recommend a specific brand of blood pressure monitors to patients they’d like to monitor between appointments. These monitors are already synced to Apple’s Health App.

So, if a patient decides to share their data, the physicians can directly track their blood pressure readings instead of relying on physical visits where they record the blood pressure. Joros says, “It surely helps the information come full circle.”

However, some doctors are concerned about information overload. Still, these EHR companies are confident that the interface layout within the Health App will make the flow of information less overwhelming.


Current Version
November 14, 2023
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

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