A critical element of business success across industries has been the surge in use of open application programming interfaces (API) that provide data for applications that did not create or originate the data. APIs are the technical foundation of engaging interfaces and high-value interactions between different applications. Application ecosystems such as Google Play and Apple App Store would not exist without open APIs that enable data access across multiple sources and organizations. APIs have fueled the growth of application vendors like Salesforce, Workday and countless others. Open APIs in healthcare promise a HIPAA-compliant way to enhance a digital portfolio with an ecosystem of third party applications and services.
The API Opportunity in Healthcare
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