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Apple nets large-scale hospital trials for iPhone-accessible health records

Apple has continued its mild-mannered incursion into the healthcare industry, announcing that 12 hospitals in the US had agreed to give patients access to their health records through their iPhones – inside the Health app on the beta version of iOS 11.3. This is a big step forward, assuming the feature makes it into the full release, and suggests that Apple has managed to assuage the industry’s fears that it could not be trusted to be the intermediary for such a sensitive piece of information. For Apple, this is another way to add value to the iOS experience – a sales vehicle that helps lock customers into the ecosystem. As the current leader in this area, largely thanks to the…

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