Apple’s Health Records Feature

Health Records for iPhone seems to be one of those low-profile features that won’t get a lot of mainstream attention, but will have enormous implications.

The genesis of Health Records on iPhone actually from the growth in popularity of the Health app, which itself came out of a need to quantify and simplify all the sense data — heart rate, steps taken, workouts, sleep, blood oxygen, etc. — generated by the Apple Watch. The Health app debuted in 2014 and became a unifying center of holistic health information for all of Apple’s first-party fitness aspirations, and for third-party app developers who plugged securely into HealthKit.

But all of these data points are generated by apps and APIs that Apple monitors through the App Store; bringing in outside data, say from health institutions like hospitals or doctors’ offices, is another challenge altogether.

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