An important article appeared today (January 17, 2019) in HIMSS Media's publication, Healthcare IT News, by author, Tom Sullivan, entitled, "Pew: Here's what APIs need to succeed for healthcare." It cites Pew Research's "Ben Moscovitch," who, according to Healthcare IT News, "said APIs hold the potential for a dramatic shift in how health data is accessed and used for patient care." Sullivan stated: "Application programming interfaces are all the rage in healthcare and just about every other industry undergoing digital transformation. And with the release of Health Level 7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resources 4 earlier this month, the excitement around open APIs, FHIR and data interoperability just kicked into a higher gear."
Quoting Moscovitch ("project director of health information technology at Pew Charitable Trusts." according to Sullivan): “Increasing the use of APIs could represent a dramatic shift in how health data is accessed, extracted, and utilized to improve patient care. APIs can help get patients their data, support information exchange among healthcare facilities, and enable enhanced clinical decision support tool..." Most especially, Moscovitch put forth in the article: “ONC [*Office of the U.S. National Coordinator for Health IT] should not miss this opportunity to advance the effective use of APIs, such as by ensuring that more data are exchanged, appropriate standards are used, and longitudinal data are made available, among many other steps..."
Sullivan went on to invite readers to see an important session: "Moscovitch, along with Jeffrey Smith, vice president of public policy at the American Medical Informatics Association, will offer more insights at HIMSS19 during a session titled 'Unlocking EHRs: How APIs usher in a new data change era.' It’s scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 13, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in room W303A."
(Article and image © 2019 Healthcare IT News, a publication of HIMSS Media. All rights reserved.)
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