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Using APIs to Improve the Business of Care Delivery

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Healthcare APIs have the potential to modernize the way providers, patients, payers, and other stakeholders interact with and use data. Not only do application programming interfaces (APIs) enable one software program to access the services of another, but they are part of a forward-looking digital environment wherein new applications can be integrated and old ones replaced.

However, much depends on the availability of APIs to access proprietary applications and web services. Standards development organizations have worked to create healthcare APIs that help improve health data exchange and interoperability with HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) garnering much interest and attention recently. As healthcare organizations consider the use of APIs, they must have a plan to ensure the use of these tools benefits both their present and future operations.

In this presentation, Harvard Medical School International Healthcare Innovation Professor and Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, discusses how to develop an application development framework and API strategy that allow organizations to:

  • Interact and exchange data at scale based on industry standards
  • Integrate easily and securely  with other systems and third-party servicers
  • Automate decisions and manage the business processes via a decision support system
  • Support consistency inside the organization
  • Enable collaboration and interoperability between organizations
  • Replace monolithic architecture with a scalable, agile application environment

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