APIs in Healthcare

What providers should know

Digital disruption comes in waves. Other industries have profited from modern API integration, driven by the boost of internet technologies such as cloud applications and mobile phones. Consumer technology runs on modern APIs, considering apps like facebook, Waze, and Mint. Healthcare has some catching up to do.

More providers are realizing the potential impact modern APIs have on bottom lines, both in patient care and in profit. In a 2014 HIMSS Analytics Survey, 83% of healthcare providers reported using cloud services. HL7’s decision to develop FHIR, along with Meaningful Use Stage 3 API requirements, have solidified the hype and marked API and cloud integration almost essential to understand as a provider.

Definition of an API

What is an API?

An API, or application programming interface, is a set of standards that enable communication between multiple sources, most typically software applications.


This white paper serves as an educational resource to healthcare providers and technology staff about APIs, and covers the following topics:

  • Definition of an API
  • API Benefits for Providers
  • What you need to know about Meaningful Use Stage 3
  • The new API strategy
  • Unique healthcare challenges
  • Hybrid integration environment
  • Where do we go from here?

Read the API Primer today!

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