First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of clinical drug knowledge, announced the general release of its new API, the FDB Cloud Connector. The FDB Cloud Connector allows health care applications to integrate FDB's massive database of drug knowledge in both Web and mobile environments. Health care has been slower to adopt cloud strategies than other industries; however, the rise in APIs eases development and has started to change early reluctance to move data and applications to the cloud. Cloud Connector stands as an example of streamlined development as the Web API eliminates the need for individual health care providers to maintain proprietary databases and infrastructure.
"As cloud-based services are steadily becoming more widely adopted by health care organizations globally," FDB president Chuck Tuchinda said in a press release, "we are excited to be the first in our industry to offer cloud-based delivery of integrated drug knowledge to our customer base. With the FDB Cloud Connector, we have created an opportunity to vastly improve application development times so that our customers are able to immediately and securely deploy the most current FDB drug knowledge and, ultimately, enhance medication care guidance."
Prior to the general release, FDB tested the service with a number of large vendor partners. The massive data sets surrounding drug information may no longer be feasible to maintain on a vendor-by-vendor basis. An API/cloud strategy not only streamlines maintenance of such data sets, it simplifies analytics on such data and leads to quicker, better decision-making. Partner feedback during the test phase was positive.
"The FDB Cloud Connector allows us to deliver a huge amount of drug data through the Web. FDB, Meditech and our customers continue to benefit from such collaborations," Larry O'Toole, Meditech's associate vice president of strategy, said in the press release.
The API is powered by Amazon Web Services. The service uses SSL encryption and shared key authentication. The service is OS-, database- and language-agnostic. To learn more about the API, visit the Cloud Connector site and reach out to the team for more information.