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Cleveland Clinic Offers Patients Mobile Health Data Access

Patients will now have mobile access to their personal health data through their iPhones and computers.

Cleveland Clinic will offer patients mobile access to their health data

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By Jessica Kent

- Cleveland Clinic will offer patients mobile access to their personal health data through Health Records on iPhone, as well as through the MyChart application.

Both Health Records and MyChart offer patients a complete view of their health records, including allergies, immunizations, lab results, and medications.

The applications also utilize HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) to allow data to transfer from medical records to mobile devices.

Patients can organize their health information from different providers into one view. Patients receive an alert when their information is updated, and all data is encrypted and only accessible with the user’s iPhone passcode.

“Access to one’s own medical records is a crucial part of the digital transformation taking place in healthcare today, and enhances our relationship with our patients,” said Peter Rasmussen, MD, a neurosurgeon and Medical Director of Digital Health at Cleveland Clinic.

“Our goal is to make that access as easy, convenient and useful as possible, placing patients firmly in the center of their own health data.”

MyChart also allows patients to view their upcoming and past appointments, physician notes, and hospital admission details. Additionally, patients can message their providers directly through the application, as well as schedule appointments and request medication renewals.

Cleveland Clinic expects that allowing patients to access their data through their mobile devices will help them to take more control of their health and wellness.

“When patients have direct access to their personal health information, they have the opportunity to live healthier lives,” said Amy Merlino, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Medical Information Officer.

“They are able to track important health factors, such as weight or cholesterol or blood sugar, to determine their own personal trends over time. They are able to easily see a combined view of their information from multiple health systems, as well as have the ability to share their healthcare history with other providers.”

Cleveland Clinic is one of the many organizations offering patients access to their health records through their iPhones.

This past April, nearly 40 hospitals and health systems across the US allowed their patients to access their health information through the Health Records feature, after 12 organizations beta-tested the program, including Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles.

“Putting the patient at the center of their care by enabling them to direct and control their own health records has been a focus for us at Cedars-Sinai for some time,” Darren Dworkin, Cedars-Sinai’s Chief Information Officer, said in an Apple press release.

“We are thrilled to see Apple taking the lead in this space by enabling access for consumers to their medical information on their iPhones.”

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