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CHCS Patient Portal access now available through Apple Health app

CHCS Patient Portal access now available through Apple Health app

Community HealthCare System now offers Patient Portal integration with Apple Health. The functionality brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Apple Health app to make it easy for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose.

The iPhone Health Records feature is part of the Health app, which also shows activity, heart rate, nutrition and other health data consolidated from iPhone, Apple Watch, and some third-party apps. Information from the Community HealthCare System, or CHCS, Patient Portal will now be available for patients who wish to integrate their health information and access it from one app.

“This is a useful feature for busy families or patients who see providers at different clinics or health systems and who would like to access records in one place,” said Melissa Talley, chief practice management officer at CHCS.

Accessing medical records through the Health app means that patients will no longer need to log in to each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Patients will be able to see a central view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals. The app also notifies patients when their data is updated.

“Having one access point for multiple patient portals is a big improvement. It saves patients and their caregivers time and frustration of remembering multiple websites and passwords,” Talley said.

To use Health Records on iPhone to access patient records, CHCS patients first must be registered to use the CHCS Patient Portal. Patients who aren’t registered should call their clinic and let registration staff know they wish to access the portal. Then patients can scan the barcode on the Patient Portal web page, and the Health app will open and prompt users to provide a username and password. Users will need to repeat the process to add portals from other healthcare organizations.

Health Records on iPhone is also designed to protect patients’ privacy through utilizing a direct, encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organization. Downloaded health records data is stored on-device and encrypted with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

Find more information on Health Records and find information about how Apple protects user privacy

Talley said offering the same functionality for Android users is in the works. 


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