The Veterans Affairs department and Apple Inc is working together in medical app development that allows the doctors to access the Vets’ medical records.
The iPhone Health App allows easy access to the department’s medical records database allowing to view records from both private and federal providers through a single platform. It was announced last Monday by the Veterans Affairs and this would be the first publicly available record–sharing platform.
From the VP of Technology at Apple
Kevin Lynch, Vice President of Technology at Apple, stated, “Our goal is to empower people to better understand and improve their health, enabling them to view their medical information from multiple providers in one place easily and securely. We’re excited to bring this feature to veterans across the US.”
Benefits of the new Medical App
By linking the medical records to the API, around 9 million vets’ will have access to the records. According to the Veterans Affairs, the app would automatically update the people’s record within 24 hours from their visit to the facility. The app will get rolled out sometime this summer.
According to the report, Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, was an early sponsor of the project. He holds no official role in the government. However, Bruce Moskowitz is the trio of the informal Trump associates who are reported to influence the personnel and procurement decisions within the department.
Based on the investigations, Moskowitz and other members of the so-called “Mar-a-Lago Crowd” had worked to disrupt the VA’s multibillion-dollar health record modernization effort and this led to the firing of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. So, on Friday House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano, D-Calif., tossed an investigation into the group’s influence on agency operations.