Are APIs Truly Important for the Evolution of Healthcare?

Published By : 08 Nov 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

APIs, or application programming interfaces, let specific applications interact with each other in specific programming languages. This is done without the intervention of manual data entry or data transfer. Using an API, a doctor or a healthcare industry can use selected applications to access and modify patient and use it to enhance the experience and recovery chances of any patient. The fact about APIs is that apart from the healthcare industry, they are currently being used practically everywhere, especially in entertainment and media. Most apps used today, such as Facebook and Twitter, make use of APIs for better functionality. This raises the question that why are they not being used more in healthcare? 

The rise of the electronic health records concept has revitalized the rate at which the healthcare sector is developing. EHRs provide medical personnel all relevant data of a patient at their disposal. They can view, add to or modify this data as per their authority and preference in order to prepare a complete biological profile of any patient. What this does is significantly reduce the time taken for a doctor to understand the nature of the problem afflicting a patient. It also helps the healthcare organization to take necessary precautions for the faster recovery of the patient. All in all, this falls into the currently fresh but intensely preferred value-based medical practice performed by a growing number of practitioners and healthcare organizations.

The integration of these electronic medical records with APIs can thus provide not only a speedy method of diagnostics and treatment for every patient, but also allow a patient to take the necessary steps in the event of injuries of medical intervention. Now although APIs have not yet made a grand appearance in the healthcare sector as they have in other industry verticals, their scope of use is understood to be absolutely massive. The use of API-based EHRs can successfully allow different organizations to undertake collaborative programs, or let a patient migrate to healthcare facilities more suited to their treatment at a moment’s notice.

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