There are a lot of opportunities for developers in the healthcare space, but accessing the data needed to drive those applications can be maddeningly frustrating. There are no shortage of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, but they all have their own proprietary interfaces.
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There’s no shortage of controversy when it comes to healthcare these days, but from a developer perspective, the increased usage of electronic medical records (EMR) represents a potential boon. The challenge is that a lot of those records are locked up in proprietary systems that for the most part are fairly inaccessible.
Just about every provider of a platform in the cloud is moving down the same path; albeit at different rates of speed. First they figure out that developers of third-party applications can drive more usage of their platform, so they publish a private API. However, it’s not too long before they figure out that making that API public winds up driving the most usage of their platform.