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by Cerner UK
Published on 7 October 2020

Cerner today announced its clients in the UK can offer their patients’ 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. The Health Records feature is part of the Health app, which also shows activity, heart rate, nutrition and other health data consolidated from iPhone, Apple Watch and HealthKit-enabled third-party apps.


Cerner has a long-standing commitment to interoperability and healthcare data standards. We believe that data should flow seamlessly and securely between systems, for the benefit of patients and populations and those that deliver their care regardless of setting.

Health Records on iPhone, as now offered by Milton Keynes University Hospital and Oxford University Hospitals, provides the patient with easy and secure access to their consolidated health records to help enrich engagement with their care providers. The feature is enabled at both institutions through Cerner’s interoperable platforms, which also see Cerner systems at the heart of Health Information Exchanges covering 19.5 million lives in England.

Health Records on iPhone allows patients to see a central view of their allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. It also notifies patients when their data is updated.

Health Records on iPhone was designed by Apple to protect patients’ privacy through utilizing a direct, encrypted connection between the user’s iPhone and the healthcare organisation’s electronic health record (EHR) database. Downloaded health records data is stored on-device and encrypted with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, creating Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for transferring electronic medical records.

Distie Profit, managing director, Cerner UK said:

“This is a major step forward for interoperability in healthcare data, and something that will allow patients and populations to be more directly engaged, informed and involved in their care. We are thrilled that our partners in Oxford and Milton Keynes are early adopters of this technology in the UK.”

Professor Joe Harrison, chief executive at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT said:

“This is a really exciting step for the hospital and our patients. We continually hear from our patients that they want more autonomy over their health care - having access to their health records is the key part of this, so this is a momentous step forward.”

David Walliker, chief digital and partnerships officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Health Records on iPhone puts our patients at the centre of their care. As a Digital Health Exemplar organisation in the NHS, we are committed to the potential for technology to empower patients to take control of their healthcare.”

For more information on Health Records, visit: https://www.apple.com/uk/healthcare/health-records/

For more information how Apple protects user privacy when they use Health Records visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209519


About Cerner

At Cerner, we believe in building positive, long-term relationships that drive value across the health and care landscape. Our intelligent platforms and services connect people, information and care at 27,500+ facilities of all sizes in 35+ countries, and help manage the health of 223 million citizens across the globe.

Together with clients and industry partners, we’re innovating for the future, integrating entire health and care systems to enable them to deliver smarter, value-based care, better outcomes, and proactively manage and improve the wellbeing of their populations.

In the UK, our powerful, open and interoperable Cerner Millennium® EHR platform is utilised by 144,000+ health and care professionals across 24 NHS Trusts to manage 1.5 million patients every month, our Health Information Exchange (HIE) is sharing over 19 million health records, while our population health intelligence platform, HealtheIntent®, is contracted to help clients proactively manage and improve the health of over 9.5 million individuals.