Online medical records - there's an app for that

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - If you want to look at your own medical records, there's an app for that. Bon Secours is launching a new app that allows you to take a look at your records from your computer or iPhone.

This new app for Bon Secours will let you see test results earlier or refill prescriptions from home but there's a balance between accessibility and safety when it comes to accessing your own personal records.

"You may have a heart doctor, you may have a primary care doctor, you may have even another doctor for other things," said Charlotte Perkins of Bon Secours. "In one place all that information is accessible, it's stored."

You can even be added to someone else's account like a grandparent or child and access their information too.

"I can go in and remind my dad, 'you've got a doctor's appointment, you need to take your medication Dad and this is how many you need to take,'" Perkins said.

Juggling accessibility and security can be tricky. Bon Secours says all of this medical information is encrypted and stored on a secure database. You must provide an access code, your social security number and your date of birth just to get started with the app.

The app will also time out after five minutes and make you sign back in with your username and password.

What happens if you lose your iPhone? On iPhones the app times out in only three minutes, so the only way someone can access your info is if you are actively looking at your records on your phone and it lands in the hands of someone else in three minutes.

"If it times out, they have to know my user ID and my password just like a bank application or anything else I'd have on my iPhone," said Samantha Felt, one of the designers of the app.

Right now the app is only available online, on iPads and iPhones. Bon Secours says it's working on an app for people using android smart phones as well.

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