Article: The Untapped Potential of Health Care APIs

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The Untapped Potential of Health Care APIs

Leaders of most internet-based businesses have realized the critical importance of using open application programming interfaces (APIs) to expand the reach of their organizations. If the health care industry followed suit, the impact on the quality and cost of care, the patient’s experience, and innovation could be enormous.

APIs are programming routines or protocols that allow software applications to share data. Organizations such as Amazon, IBM, Salesforce.com, Facebook, and Google, have all engaged in substantial API “releases” that permit developers to access information so they can build new applications or businesses.

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