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Apple Health Records Now Available to CPSI EHR System Users

Health IT company CPSI recently signed on to the Apple Health Records beta project to streamline patient data access for patients.

Users of CPSI will now have access to health data through Apple Health Records.

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By Kate Monica

- CPSI is the latest organization to join the Apple Health Records beta project in an effort to improve patient data access for patients at healthcare organizations using its EHR technology.

By allowing users of its Evident EHR system to offer patients access to their own data through the Health Records feature, CPSI will enable individuals to aggregate and see health information from multiple providers and clinics in a single view through iOS devices.

“Giving our patients access to this type of technology has many benefits to our patients and staff,” said Community Hospital CEO Julie Jones. “We have found that our patients are much more informed of their current health and care status, which helps our clinical staff focus more time on proactive treatment and better care outcomes for their patients.”

Patients within the CPSI Evident community will have the ability to access data from hospitals and clinics including allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vital signs.

“Our goal is to help our community healthcare providers deliver the kind of care that they want to deliver,” said CPSI President and CEO Boyd Douglas. “Health Records on iPhone is one more way our clients can engage their community and empower their patients.”

Several healthcare organizations that use Evident Thrive have already signed on to offer patients access to their data through the Health Records feature.

CPSI serves more than 4,600 acute, ambulatory, and post acute care facilities across the country. Patients in small and rural communities that use CPSI technology will now have easy access to their health records.

The Health app leverages the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard developed by HL7 for data sharing to aggregate patient health information from different sources and present the information to patients in a consumer-friendly interface.

Apple worked with health IT companies including Epic, Cerner, and athenahealth to access and aggregate patient health data, according to Apple Clinical and Health Informatics Lead Ricky Bloomfield, MD.

Bloomfield explained how the Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer works to stakeholders at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum in 2018.

“It makes it very easy for you to manage your health information,” Bloomfield told attendees of the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum. “You as a user have complete control over who has access to the data. If you don’t want to share it, it won’t be shared. It stays private on your device until you decide to share it.”

Initially launched in January 2018, the Health Records feature has grown to include more than 80 health system participants operating hundreds of hospitals and clinics.

Early adopters of the Health Records feature included Cedars Sinai, Cerner Healthe Clinic, Dignity Health, Geisinger Health System, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and six other health systems.

Health system executives at all 12 healthcare organizations part of the first wave of Apple Health Records participant predicted the EHR data viewer would have an immediate positive impact on patient engagement, interoperability, and health IT innovation, according to a May 2018 KLAS report.

“These executives feel that allowing patients to access personal medical records on their smartphones is a revolutionary idea, one that disrupts current paradigms by setting off a series of small changes that may have major impact downstream,” wrote KLAS researchers.

Overall, healthcare executives at participating organizations agreed Apple will likely be successful in its efforts to enter the health IT sector.

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