Earlier this year, tech giant Apple unveiled a new feature that is now available to users of the iPhone: the ability to automatically download parts of their medical records.
Through the iPhone's Health application, users may transfer clinical data, such as cholesterol levels and lists of prescribed medications, from select medical service providers to their phones. Interfacing with more than a dozen of the leading medical institutions in the U.S. in beta testing, the Apple app empowers consumers with important information about their health.
Apple is only one of the major tech companies who aspire to gain share in annual health care spending in the U.S., which now amounts to $3 trillion dollars annually. Microsoft and Alphabet, Google's parent company, have also been working on health care applications. Yet Apple's focus on the iPhone and Apple watch interfaces seems to indicate a renewed commitment to giving people more control over their health care.