Apple rolls out health records on iPhones across the UK

The service has been available in the US since 2018, where it is used by more than 500 healthcare institutions in 11,000 locations. 

To maintain privacy, Apple said it uses an encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and their hospital or GP. Data is also held on a user’s device, regardless of whether it is later deleted by the healthcare institution. 

“At NHSX, we are committed to giving patients access to their own records so they can take charge of their healthcare,” said Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX.

“The launch of Health Records on iPhone in the UK is a positive step and joins a number of initiatives across the NHS to put patients in the driving seat.”

It follows the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6 last month, alongside new versions of its iPad, Apple One subscription bundles and a fitness class service to rival Peloton. 

The Series 6 comes with a blood oxygen monitor that uses sensors to measure light reflected off a wearer’s blood. 

Blood oxygen levels are typically used as a measure of fitness and heart health, but the company said it would also investigate whether the indicator as well as the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor, could be used to detect early signs of influenza and Covid-19.

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