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 provider’s website and patient
portal and piece together their health information manually. Now,
medical information from each patient’s participating providers is
organized into a single view with all of the available information
“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 patient’s 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
user’s 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 Company’s 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.