Apple opens its Health Records API to third-party developers

Apple has opened up its Health Records API to third-party developers in the US, allowing them to develop new apps to add to the developing app library being built by Apple that can directly access medical records held by approved healthcare providers such as hospitals and GPs.

The Health Records app, which is available only to US consumers at the moment, uses the FHIR standard to interface with EMR vendors such as Cerner, Epic and athenahealth. It was launched in beta form in January with a full release in iOS 11.3 in March, with 39 different health groups participating.

The FHIR APIs were developed as part of Project Argonaut, an Australian version of which has been established this year to localise the technology. Apple is also using OAuth 2.0 to allow users to authenticate once and create an enduring connection to the EMR APIs.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: FHIR, Apple, Argonaut Project

Comments   

# WA Primary Health Alliance 2018-06-07 10:12
Does this potentially mean that this app could connect to the Australian My Health Record in the future?
# Kate McDonald 2018-06-07 10:27
Can't see a reason why not. ADHA won't let any MyHR data be stored in an app at the moment but that will change in the future.
# Matthew Painter 2018-06-09 11:20
With so many people using iPhones already, it will be interesting to see if the big GP vendors move on this and push out updates to allow practice patients to access their records. Will be interesting to see where GPs, the RACGP and the AMA stand on this. A space to watch with interest.

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