My Health Library - Securely Store and Manage Personal Health Information on Mac and iPad

We routinely use computers to manage our finances, music, photos and other important personal data. However, when it comes to our important health information, most of us struggle with stacks of paper-based records that are so 1980s. What if you could easily import your health records into an app that allowed you to view, organize, search, analyze and annotate your personal health data? We believe that secure access to personal health information is an essential step to better health. To make this possible we created an easy-to-use app that securely stores your health information and gives you the tools to use that information to achieve and sustain your goal of good health. Say hello to the My Health Library app for Mac and iPad.

Frequently Asked Questions about My Health Library

  • How does the My Health Library app access health information?
    • The app uses FHIR®, an emerging electronic standard for accurately exchanging health information. Many electronic health record systems used in the U.S. support FHIR. In 2018 Apple announced that the iPhone Health App could, with your permission, securely store clinical records on your iPhone if you receive care from participating health systems. My Health Library imports the FHIR-based health records stored on your iPhone to create an updatable highly secure  personal health record system on your Mac.
  • How does the My Health Library app protect my health information?
    • All of the health information imported by the app is protected in a highly secure, encrypted, database on your Mac or iPad. None of your health data is stored in the cloud or shared without your permission. The app is also protected by a secure passcode that you select.
  • What types of personal health information is supported?
    • Currently the My Health Library app supports the following health information:
      • Basic personal information
      • Allergies and Intolerances
      • Immunization Records
      • Conditions and Diagnoses
      • Medications
      • Laboratory Test Results
      • Test reports e.g. imaging and EKG
      • Vital Signs (Blood Pressure, Pulse, Body Temperature Height, Weight, SpO2)
      • Procedure reports
  • Can I enter my own health data into the My Health Library app?
    • Yes, you can create self-reported health records, e.g. allergies, immunizations
    • You can also attach documents, scans and images to any health record
    • Web-based information can be attached to health records.
    • You can also add personal notes to any health record.
  • Can I search the health data stored by the My Health Library app?
    • Yes. The app can rapidly search through all of your health data to display any matching health records. The records displayed can be filtered by date range, providers, healthcare systems, record types and specified text.
  • What are health record attachments?
    • The My Health Library app allows you to attach an unlimited number of documents (PDFs, text, word processing documents, spreadsheets, scanned documents, healthcare visit notes), photos and images to a health record. These attachments are encrypted within the app's database as part of your personal health record library and can be viewed within the My Health Library app or using other apps that you choose.
  • How does the app create Web-based attachments
    • From within the My Health Library app you can access free health information from trusted web sites such as the U.S. National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus health information system. If you find a web page that is relevant to your personal health simply click to store it as a Web attachment to any personal health record.
  • Can I organize my health records in a way that makes sense to me?
    • Yes. You can organize your health records into Collections that you create and name. Simply create a new collection, name it and then drag and drop any clinical records that you wish into the collection. Click on a collection to view the health records that it contains.
  • Does the app support multiple personal health libraries?
    • Yes. You can create multiple individual secure health libraries. However, for safety reasons, only one health library can be open at a time.
  • When will the My Health Library app be available?
    • We have been working on the app since early 2020 and will begin user testing of the Mac version in Fall 2021. We hope to make the app available in the first quarter of 2022.