Cleveland Clinic harnesses Apple’s Health Records, promoting patient record accessibility
Recently recognised as a national leader in paediatric care, world-renowned health organisation, The Cleveland Clinic has now adopted Apple’s Health Records, in order to support patients in their everyday healthcare management.
The organisation joins close to 30 hospitals who want to make healthcare data accessible to patients to drive long-term, positive outcomes by harnessing Apple technology.
Placed alongside current application, MyChart, encrypted patient data is placed into the user’s hands through digitisation, where lab results, medications, procedure information, as well as data relating to allergies and long-term conditions can all be viewed.
Harnessing Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to support the dataflow from medical records to other digital sources, the tools will also support patients in organising medical information received from various organisations and centralise it into one core record, where the user can then share this with family members or care givers.
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MyChart will also enable patients at the Clinic to view past and upcoming appointments, request medication and, most importantly, contact providers if required, the clinic has stated.
“When patients have direct access to their personal health information, they have the opportunity to live healthier lives,” said Amy Merlino, M.D., a maternal-foetal medicine specialist and Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Medical Information Officer.
“They are able to track important health factors, such as weight or cholesterol or blood sugar, to determine their own personal trends over time. They are able to easily see a combined view of their information from multiple health systems, as well as have the ability to share their healthcare history with other providers.”
The organisation is responsible for a number of medical breakthroughs, such as the first face transplant in the US, and has now become the first medical centre in the country to adopt a new pacemaker system, developed by Medtronic. Bluetooth wireless technology will link the technology with the user’s smartphone, in order to deliver essential healthcare data to providers.
Walmart, the next health tech giant - a timeline
Retail giant Walmart has been building its healthcare division for a number of years, but its recent acquisition of a telehealth firm and the slow down of its clinic expansion suggest its focus has now shifted to health tech. We look at key moments in Walmart's history in healthcare.
Walmart announces plans to provide "full primary care services" by 2020. The plans include opening clinics in underserved, urban areas, where the chain has many existing stores.
A series of “Healthcare Begins Here” events launch at Walmart stores, where consumers are given information on leading healthy lives, as well as free blood pressure, blood glucose and vision screenings, and access to vaccinations.
As part of the organisation's commitment to pursue a more data-centric approach to worker safety, Walmart partners with StrongArm, manufacturers of safety wearables. Staff begin wearing FUSE, a small sensor worn between their shoulder blades that detects injury risk. Within a year, ergonomic injuries decreased by 65%.
Walmart opens its first health centre in Dallas. The 10,000 square-foot "super centre" offers primary care, X-rays and ECG, counselling, dental, optical, hearing and community health services. Prices are affordable regardless of health insurance status.
The same year a partnership with Doctor on Demand is announced, a telehealth company offering mental health services. As part of the agreement Walmart employees are able to access these services for free.
The first health and wellness clinic opens in Springdale, Arkansas, providing primary care, dental care, vision and hearing services as well as behavioural health, fitness and wellness education classes.
Walmart acquires CareZone’s medication management technology. CareZone's app reminds users to take their medication and provides refill reminders. The acquisition complements Walmart's existing pharmacy service.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart is in talks with Verizon to implement 5G wireless service in select sites, to help boost digital health services.
As part of its COVID-19 response, drive-thru testing is offered at hundreds of Walmart Neighborhood Market drive-thru pharmacy sites, free of charge through Humana .
The retail giant teams up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer telehealth services to veterans at stores in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.
Walmart Mexico signs a deal with Jack Nathan Medical Corp, a Canadian tech-focused healthcare provider. This will see 153 new medical clinics open within stores across Mexico, taking the total in the country to 203.
Walmart announces it is acquiring MeMD, a multi-speciality telehealth provider. The acquisition will enable Walmart Health to provide access to virtual care across the US. At the same time it is reported that plans to open further clinics are deliberately slowing down.
"Today people expect omnichannel access to care, and adding telehealth to our Walmart Health care strategies allows us to provide in-person and digital care across our multiple assets and solutions" Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president for Health & Wellness said of the announcement.