Medical records company Epic partners with Apple to develop tool for Mac

The Apple Health app can handle health records


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Health records company Epic Systems has partnered with Apple to bring its electronic health record tools to macOS.

Apple wanted Epic to create a native version of the service for macOS, but Epic is reportedly developing a tool that will be easier to use than a native app.

“Epic is working on making it easier for clinicians to access Epic on Mac,” a source told Axios in a Wednesday report.

Epic Systems is the largest provider of electronic health records in the United States. According to a 2021 report, over 250 million patients have medical records stored on Epic.

Two companies reach a compromise after years of disagreement. In 2020, Apple came out in support of a proposed government policy that would give patients more accessible access to their medical data, which the company pioneered in its Apple Health app.

Epic opposed the rules, saying the rules would be “unnecessarily burdensome” on America's healthcare system and “compromise patient privacy.”

It's unclear if Apple will eventually add Epic as a provider of medical records to the Health app.

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