How to add your medical records to health apps on your smartphone

Apple and Android recently released their new mobile operating systems: iOS 16 and Android 13. The updates add important new security features to keep you safe. Tap or click here for details on how they work and how to turn them on.

Health apps track your steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more. But they are capable of much more. You can add your health information to certain apps to keep all your records in one place and share them with your doctors. You can even track your medications.

These health apps are very helpful if you have someone in your life with medical issues or an elderly family member who needs help keeping up with medications and doctor appointments. Here’s how it works.

Add your health records to your iPhone

Participating doctors and hospitals can sign up with Apple’s Health Records feature to access patient data. You can share medical data with your healthcare providers, which is visible on the dashboard.

This is useful for keeping your records close at hand when you need access to them, such as during a doctor’s appointment. With the Health app, you can see all of your health information—like medications, immunizations, and lab results—in one place.

Here’s how to add your health records to your iPhone:

  • Open it Hello application and tap Summary section.
  • Tap yours profile picture or initials in the top right corner.
  • Under Characteristictouch Health recordsthen tap First steps.
    • To add a provider, scroll down to Characteristicthen tap Add profile.
  • You’ll be prompted to allow the Health app to use your location to find hospitals and health networks near you.
  • Search for your hospital or network, then tap it.
  • Under Available to connectChoose an option.
  • Log in to your healthcare provider’s website or app. You may be asked to save your password.
  • Wait for your records to update.
  • Repeat these steps for each supported provider.

After you add an institution, the Health app automatically updates your health records periodically. If there is a problem with your health records, contact your provider.

To view your health records:

  • Open it Hello application and tap Review section.
  • Under Health recordstap a category.
  • Tap an item to see more information about it.

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Track your medications

Once you’ve set up your health data, you can add your medications to set a schedule and track doses. You can create a list to keep track of the medications, vitamins, and supplements you take

The app requires access to your camera and then scans the medicine package. Unfortunately, not all drugs are currently listed, but there is an option to manually search for them or search for the active ingredient.

Here’s how to track your medications:

  • Open it Hello application and tap Review in the lower right corner of your screen.
  • Choose medicines, then tap Adding a medicine.
  • To identify the drug, do one of the following:
    • Tap the text field, enter the name, then tap Add.
    • Touch camera icon next to the text field and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to create a personalized medication preview and set a schedule.

To view your medications:

  • Open it Hello app.
  • Touch Reviewthen tap medicines. It shows a timeline at the top and a list of medications you need to take that day.
  • Scroll to Your medicationsthen tap medicine.

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The Android option for your health records

While there’s no built-in Android tool to store your medical records, Google partnered with The Commons Project last year to introduce SMART Health Cards. This allows Android users to store digital versions of their COVID-19 vaccination records as a shortcut on their home screen.

The Commons Project also authored the CommonHealth app, which helps you collect and manage personal health data and share it with your healthcare providers and services you trust.

CommonHealth is connected to over 400 data sources, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and New York-Presbyterian. Once your provider connects with CommonHealth, you can share your health records and data with apps and services verified by CommonHealth for security and reliability.

Go to commonhealth.org for more information. Tap the button below to download the Android app.

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