Buffalo Medical Group patients now have their medical records at the palm of their hands.
BMG is the first healthcare provider in Western & Central New York to utilize Apple Health Records. It’s an app you’ve probably seen on your Apple iPhone that says ‘Health’ under a white box with a red heart inside. It’s a manufacture installed app on iPhones that store health data including heart rate, walking steps, and medical records.
Dr. Joesph Corigliano with Buffalo Medical Group said BMG already allows patients to see their medical charts through its online portal. Now the healthcare group is tapping into this app, giving patients access to those same records and even communicate with doctors within the medical group.
“We are able to do electronic visits. They are able to refill their medication. They are able to look at their immunization records,” Corigliano said.
For those who are apprehensive about using this kind of technology in the new age of hacking, Dr. Corigliano said you shouldn’t worry.
“Nothing is unhackable…. But they are encrypted. It’s not something we are typically worried about in terms of hacking,” Corigliano said.
Doctors say this offers the best care, convince, and makes promotes health literacy.
“So this is another means for us to accomplish that,” Corigliano said.