It seem that everywhere you look in today’s tech industry, you hear the term APIs, and healthcare IT is no exception. Healthcare has recently joined the frenzy by promoting emerging interoperability standards like FHIR. Regulators believe that APIs will support this interoperability so much that APIs are included in meaningful use Stage 3. So, you might now be asking, what are APIs, and why are they so important?
In the simplest terms, APIs are a doorways that allow developers to create bridges between different applications. API stands for Application Programming Interface. APIs are sets of rules that govern how one application can communicate with another. APIs do all this by “exposing” some of a program’s internal functions to the other developers in a limited capacity. This makes it possible for products to share data and take actions on one another’s behalf without requiring developers to share all of their software product’s code.
APIs have been around for decades, so why all of the publicity now? Over the last 10 years companies have started to make their APIs publically available, which has been a catalyst for the spin-off of new business models, innovative solutions, distribution channels, and synergies between business partnerships.
A recent example of this can be found with your smart phones. What do you think fueled the recent app revolution? If companies like Apple and Google did not provide APIs, app developers would not be able to use the functionality found on your phone. Ever wonder how SnapChat has access to your phone’s camera? You guessed it, APIs!
In the end, APIs are a wonderful tool that provides you with flexibility and complete control over your healthcare IT ecosystem.
Now that you know a bit about APIs, how do you see your organization leveraging them in the future?
Ryan began his career as a Software Engineer for Pitney Bowes/Map Info building early location-aware web services and solutions. Since joining the SRS Health team in 2005, Ryan has held multiple engineering, architecture and management roles in the Product Development organization. Over his 12-year tenure with SRS, Ryan has helped lead the Development organization through a number of growth cycles and evolutions, most recently being the organization’s transition to Agile development. He is passionate about building strategies and solutions that have a big impact on the lives of the specialists we serve, as well as their patients, and believes this is achieved through a commitment to collaboration among clients, strategic partners, and the SRS team. He regularly attends industry trade shows, conferences, and commercial engagements where he represents the company’s product vision and strategy. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Sienna College.
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