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Apples Comes to Electronic Health Records

Apple's partnership with Epic Systems, the dominant vendor of electronic health records, on a HealthKit platform for health apps and tracking devices will initially store around 60 different types of health data, Forbes contributor Zina Moukheiber writes. A conusmer using HealthKit has to give Apple permission to share biometrics with Epic's electronic health record system for patients, MyChart, in order to notify their clinicians.

This partnership could be a key step in making electronic health records more portable and interoperable between different healthcare providers. There also will be privacy concerns that Apple will have to engage with as it moves into the health information technology sector.