How to Import Medical Records to iPhone's Health App with iOS 11.3

The iPhone's Health app has long been useful for tracking all sorts of medical data, but iOS 11.3 is bringing even more functionality to your Health app. Medical records such as lab results, immunizations, and more can now be organized and shared with a new feature of the Health app, called Health Records. Rather than emailing scanned medical records to healthcare providers, doctors, and hospitals, patients can use Health Records to forward their information directly from their iPhones. Let's get started learning how to set up Health Records and view your medical history, right from your iPhone. 

Related: How to Manually Enter Data in the Apple Health App on iPhone

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For now, the number of hospitals participating in Apple's Health Records program is limited, but that's sure to change as more administrators catch on to the ease, convenience, and privacy offered by the system. Here are a few of the largest hospitals currently participating; there are many more across the US:

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Cedars-Sinai - Los Angeles, California
  • Penn Medicine - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Geisinger Health System - Danville, Pennsylvania
  • UC San Diego Health - San Diego, California
  • UNC Health Care - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, Illinois
  • Dignity Health - Arizona, California and Nevada
  • Ochsner Health System - Jefferson Parish, Louisiana 
  • MedStar Health -  Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
  • OhioHealth - Columbus, Ohio
  • Cerner Healthe Clinic - Kansas City, Missouri

If you see your medical center in the list above, you can get started with the Health Records program right away. If not, you'll have to put in a request to your healthcare providers to participate. To begin the process:

  • Tap on your Health app to open.
  • Tap on Health Data.

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  • Tap on the Get Started tab.
  • Tap on Allow to let the Health app access your location.

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  • Tap on your healthcare provider on the list shown. 
  • If your home hospital isn't there, find it by using the search bar at the top of the suggestions list.

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Once you've tapped on your healthcare provider, you'll be shown a display letting you know if they're participating in the Health Records portion of Apple's Health app at this time. If they are, you can log in to your online patient portal as usual.

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Once you've signed in to your online patient portal, your health records will be automatically uploaded and organized in Health Records. There are sections for Clinical Visits, Lab Results, Procedures, and every other part of your medical history. You'll need to repeat this process for each hospital where you have medical records. You'll be able to tell which uploads are complete by checking the Sources section at the bottom of your display.

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You can click on All Records to see all your data in a timeline view, or a specific tab for one type of record, also organized chronologically.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her purse or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.