Apple recently released a health data sharing feature, permitting users to give their electronic health records to their doctors via the Health application.
Previously, patients from several hospitals and health systems already had access to data about immunisations, lab results, medications and vitals in the Health app. Now, the information also flows to doctors, not just patients. Users in the U.S. can choose which data they share, for instance: heart rate, detected falls, hours of sleep, or exercise minutes. Aside from sharing with doctors, users can also share information with other Apple users like partners or family members.
"This past year has emphasized the importance of health, and we’re enabling our users to take a more active role in their wel-being," according to Apple's CCO Jeff Williams1.
Though sharing health data can provide useful insights to doctors and relatives, it also poses a risk to security. Earlier this month, Apple was involved in a major breach of a non-password protected database of 61 million records containing identifiable data from fitness trackers2.