Human API Says the Time Is Right for Health Data Apps

Now is the perfect time to enter the health care market with apps that make use of a data flow from APIs, says Human API founder and CEO Andrei Pop. Speaking at DataWeek/API World this week, Pop pointed to a number of influencing factors that are making it easier for startups and developers to create data-driven health care solutions.

Human API has two main elements. First, it is a platform that enables developers to connect data from any wearable or other health device into an aggregated, comparative data flow. But more powerfully, Human API has also been able to build relationships with large health data stores and has ensured enterprise-level access to consumer health data while maintaining privacy and security regulations.

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“We are the easiest way to get health data from anywhere,” says Pop. “Developers plug our platform in, and we help them ingest health data from everything from wearables to clinical data.”

Pop says there are three signs of industry-wide disruption that mean making health care apps is becoming increasingly possible:

We are beginning to see a lot of abstraction of the data that is based on the same event. For example, if you break your leg, your hospital records and pharmacy records are now able to recognize this as parts of the same event. Systems that sit on an abstraction level mean you have one API that unifies all the events.

Modularity/API-first approach: We are starting to see services that come out (like drchrono) that launched with an API-first approach. They will not build every single app that allows a patient talk to a doctor, or a doctor to a doctor.

User demand for data flow: This is the newest and most exciting trend. One of the fundamental trends that is changing is that more people are asking, if I want to spend my health expenditure with someone else, I will want to be able to move my health data somewhere else. That is a big trend that is happening.

With Human API’s partners, Pop is focused on using the data flow enabled via API to help developers build apps and products quickly, and to reorient the health care focus to the emerging paradigm that individuals should be able to control their health care data.

A key driver for industry disruption has been greater expectations by end consumers to access and share their own health data. Pop points to the growing telemedicine industry, where a health consumer may research and decide to seek health care from a specific provider and expect to be able to share that health data from a traditional provider with the new service. States like California are beginning to establish a regulatory environment where this consumer right to data is legislated and enforced.

“We are starting to see a lot of the trends change in a way that is very positive for the developer community,” Pop says.

Mark Boyd is a ProgrammableWeb writer covering breaking news, API business strategies and models, open data, and smart cities.

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