A HIMSS Event | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019

September 16-18, 2019 | Santa Clara, CA

APIs: The Secret to Interoperability

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, so has its consumers. Today, patients expect to use their smartphones to manage everything –  including their health. The flow of information between systems, therefore, has never been more critical. Not only is the industry transitioning to a value-based reimbursement and population health management model to improve outcomes more cost-effectively, it must meet regulatory requirements to give consumers direct connectivity to their healthcare data.

So, it’s no surprise that interoperability has become the rallying cry for healthcare organizations wishing to connect internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools to satisfy this need for convenience and efficiency. As a result, application programming interfaces (APIs)—software that allows applications to talk to each other—are becoming more prevalent.

Matt Park, the general manager of the Swiss-based company Dacadoo Americas, recently sat down with HIMSS TV to discuss his company’s health scoring app for consumers looking to manage their health—and keep control of their data. To learn more, watch API expands health data into risk scores, but are consumers ready for it?


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