Healthy Consolidation

Apple's recent announcement about the inclusion of health records access from mobile devices rekindled a lot of discussion about the Health Information Exchange (HIE). The key difference between the HIE and other initiatives like it and Appleā€™s health application is that the consumer of the iOS Health app is the patient him or herself; the consumer of the HIE is the hospital or medical practitioner. The beneficiary, in both cases, really is the patient.