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Apple's Health Records offers a convenient way to see all your medical information and history in one place. Now, that same convenience will soon be available to military veterans in the US.

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Working with the Veterans Administration, Apple is giving US veterans the ability to collect and view their medical records on an iPhone. Available through the iOS Health app, Health Records can collate medical information from different providers. By adding the VA as a participating provider, Apple will expand access to the more than 9 million vets who receive care through the agency.

Seeing all your medical records from all the different doctors and hospitals you've used is a challenge. Introduced in 2018, Health Records is Apple's attempt to collect and present all that disparate data in one single place on your iPhone. But the feature isn't of much value if doctors and hospitals don't participate in the program. That's why the VA's involvement is a significant step toward helping veterans keep track of their medical history.

"When patients have better access to their health information, they have more productive conversations with their physicians," Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said in a statement. "By bringing Health Records on iPhone to VA patients, we hope veterans will experience improved healthcare that will enhance their lives."

Through Health Records, iPhone users can see their lab results, medical conditions, allergies, immunizations, vital statistics and procedures in one snapshot. On the backend, the health data is encrypted as a security measure. On the front end, iPhone users are encouraged to use Touch ID or Face ID to protect their device and their data.

To use Health Records, open the Health app on your iPhone. Tap the icon for Health Data and tap the Get Started button. The screen displays a list of participating providers. Before you proceed, you must have an online account with any provider that you want to add, which you can create at that provider's website. Select the provider you want to add. Agree to allow access to your information. The Health Records screen lists the various categories such as allergies, clinical vitals, conditions, and medications. Select a specific category or select All Records to view your results. You can then add other providers to see your medical records with them.

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Takeaways

  1. Apple has teamed with the Veterans Administration to expand Health Records to the more than 9 million military vets in the US who receive care through the VA.
  2. By collating medical data from different providers on your iPhone, Health Records can show you your allergies, medications, conditions, lab results, procedures, and more.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."