Over 57 million Americans get their health insurance through Medicare. However, one barrier to significantly improved care has been the free flow of Medicare claims data between dissimilar systems. According to the US Digital Service however, version 2.0 of the Blue Button API should fix that.
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Medical record exchange is an area where many technical challenges have been addressed. A big factor in the inability of medical record exchange is the hospitals themselves. They block information and APIs. Bruce Fryer recently had two experiences getting medical records and shares what he found.
Twelve more APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Machine Learning, Agriculture, Bots, and Payments. Highlights today include an API that aggregates Electronic Health Record data and an API that helps cities analyze traffic patterns. Here's a look at what's new.
Transparency Market Research has issued a prediction that the healthcare API market will reach $243 million by the year 2024. However, it also said the size of the same market was $162M in 2015 (after the first decade of the API economy) which means only 50% decade over decade growth.
APIs will be mandated as a requirement for all health software used in U.S. government-funded healthcare programs starting from 2018. The goal of the initiative is to spur growth of a new healthcare startup ecosystem and to give citizens full control of their health information.
myTomorrows has opened its database of clinical trial data to the developer community through an open API. Previously available only through the myTomorrows website, the database includes trials from the WHO's registry network. The API is free to use with no registration required.
Translational Software has released an API that allows apps to pull data on drug-drug-gene interaction. At the point-of-care, clinicians can use gene-drug, and drug-drug interaction data to make informed decisions on care. Genetic testing has become an increasing tool in clinicians' routine care.
Pronounced ‘fire’, FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is the HL7 specifications for supporting APIs in exchanging data among HIT systems. By enabling the sharing of data, FHIR has the potential to unite PHM and EMR tools and streamline the process of providing care.
With the continued move towards a comprehensive Health IT ecosystem, the Office of the National Coordinator for health IT held the first meeting of an 11-member task force to identify the potential security and privacy concerns around sharing sensitive healthcare information using APIs.
drchrono has just released a new Clinical IFrame API that developers can use to insert clinical information and approved applications into medical records.