Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) announced today that many of its affiliated hospitals now support 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. Approximately 100 CHS-affiliated hospitals are participating to help patients easily aggregate medical data.
Patients who have received care from a CHS-affiliated participating hospital can use their iPhones to securely receive and store important details from their medical records, including allergies, conditions, immunizations, labs, medications, procedures and vitals. Patients can also receive notifications whenever their data is updated.
At CHS, we are rapidly expanding our digital health and consumer engagement strategies to provide patients with more convenience, more information, and more control over their healthcare experiences, said Lynn Simon, M.D, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer of Community Health Systems. By giving our patients an easy way to receive and track their medical information, we believe we also are giving them one more way to be active participants in managing their health, which can lead to better outcomes.
Previously, patients medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care providers website and patient portal and piece together their health information manually. Now, medical information from each patients participating providers is organized into a single view with all of the available information stored together.
Since most people keep their mobile devices with them, this means all of that medical information is accessible whenever it is needed. We are literally putting health data in the palm of the patients hand, which can be critical in an emergency and also enables patients to have more informed conversations with all of their physicians, said Dr. Simon.
Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach and created Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the users iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
For more information on Health Records, visit: https://www.apple.com/healthcare/health-records/
About Community Health Systems, Inc.
Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 106 affiliated hospitals in 18 states with an aggregate of approximately 17,000 licensed beds. The Companys headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CYH. More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.chs.net.
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