St. Luke’s University Health Network today supports Health Records on iPhone, which 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.
This is St. Luke’s latest initiative to make it easier for patients to access their health records. Now patients can view their St. Luke’s MyChart health record online either through the St. Luke’s mobile app or in the Apple Health app, alongside their medical records from other participating institutions.
Previously, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring them to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly perspective and created a new approach based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records.
Now, patients will have medical information from participating institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data is updated. Patients authenticate using their MyChart patient portal credentials to directly download their available Health Records onto their iPhone. Data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
“St. Luke’s is always looking to make our patients’ experience easier and better,” says James Balshi, MD, St. Luke’s Chief Medical Information Officer. “We want to give our patients every opportunity to take control of their health information, and Health Records on iPhone will help them easily view and monitor their data.”
For more information on Health Records, visit: https://www.apple.com/healthcare/health-records/ [apple.com]
To get started, open the Health app (with the red heart icon) on your iPhone, select 'Health Data,’ select Health Records and authenticate using your St. Luke’s MyChart account credentials.
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018. It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.