The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could be partnering with Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) to bring electronic health records to iOS-based smartphones for military veterans across the country, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Through the deal, Apple would build out software that would allow the approximately nine million veterans in the country to transfer their health records to their iPhone devices, according to the report. Apple would also be positioned to supply engineering support to the agency.
The information comes from a number of emails between top VA officials and associates of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, according to the report. Apple has not yet officially commented on the matter.
The move is yet another step from the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant as it looks to pry its way into the healthcare market. Earlier this month, an atrial fibrillation screening study using Apple’s next-gen Apple Watch enrolled 400,000 subjects, making it the largest study of its kind to date.
In June, Apple opened up its Health Records application to developers, allowing digital health companies to use electronic health record data to power applications on Apple’s iOS devices.