Electronic health records

Feds want to make it easier to share electronic health records

A doctor types on his computer in his office.
A doctor looks at patients' electronic medical records. Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP via Getty Images

New federal proposals are hoping to tear down barriers among hospitals, doctors, insurers, health IT companies and patients that prevent the free, secure exchange of patient records and data.

Why it matters: It's 2019. And yet patients still can't easily obtain all of their medical information, and doctors still can't always receive or share important patient data with other clinicians.

Apple has hired dozens of doctors to back up health offerings

Apple executive presents apple watch on stage
Apple COO Jeff Williams introduces the new Apple Watch, capable of taking an FDA-approved electrocardiogram. Photo: Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Apple quietly employs dozens of doctors, "an indication that Apple is serious about helping customers manage disease, and not just wellness or fitness," CNBC's Christina Farr reports.

Why it matters: Apple has already begun to roll out a handful of health-related offerings — mainly its tool for electronic medical records and the new heart-monitoring capabilities on Apple Watch. But having a fuller staff of doctors on board (good ones!) signals bigger aspirations.

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