Today in APIs: DocbookMD Links Physicians to Health Networks

DocbookMD created a mobile communication Platform, extending beyond its API services. A new survey on whether cloud customers trust US vendors in the wake of Snowden suggests stormy weather ahead. Plus: LA Hackathon winners create homeless services app (and the hackers are all still in high school), and Microsoft is pressuring AWS.

DocbookMD Links Physicians to any Health Network, Fast

DocbookMD is extending beyond its API that already delivers direct connections with healthcare services like radiology, labs, and answering services. The next step is moving from clinical integrations to other arenas, including coordination technologies, health plans and health information exchanges. The goal is simple: help doctors provide more health care. That could be saving precious minutes during that famed "golden hour" in which people who have been injured must get medical attention to survive. And it can also mean accessing reports from other departments quickly, such as radiology.

As the company commented in its press release, communication between providers can be critical:

Unlike some health communication apps that focus on monetizing physician data, DocbookMD is the first mobile health app focused 100% on linking physicians to the rest of the healthcare world. While other technologies focus on gathering and documenting patient data, DocbookMD has captured the attention and trust of physicians in a way others have not been able to. It is more important now than ever to keep physicians at the center of patient care, and DocbookMD gives them an easy way to do just that,” says Dr. Tim Gueramy, MD, CEO and Co-Founder of DocbookMD. “By bringing all of these technologies together in one single dashboard, we make it easy for physicians to respond quickly to urgent matters that will ultimately speed up bottlenecks in healthcare delivery.”

One big key to improvement is coordination of care between different providers. And communication is the heart of any successful patient care coordination. From quickly accessing messages to real-time communication with team members, to patient updates and new reports, this platform pulls it all together.

Perspecsys Finds IT Security Professionals Wary of US Cloud Vendors

Canadian-based cloud security company Perspecsys conducted a survey of IT professionals and found more than half (51%) mistrust US cloud vendors in the wake of revelations of NSA spying. 47% believe data in European-based clouds is safer. A whopping 59% believe that European governments don't conduct surveillance to the same extent as the NSA. Perspecsys's major findings are presented in a startling infographic. This has clear implications for API developers and users. Where do you store the data that you are developing an API for? If you need an API to access data, will this influence your choice of data vendors?

But how big is this problem? Ben Kepes, writing in Forbes downplays it:

Simply deciding to move away from US vendors is a nonsensical approach to solving this problem, partly because it’s likely to be ineffective but also because it likely leads to missing out on many of the advantages that said vendors can deliver. Rather, a more mature, reasoned and contextual approach towards the problem is what’s called for. Look at the data in question, assess the risks and consequences of surveillance and act accordingly.

Kepes could well be right that the net gain in privacy by eschewing US vendors is near or at zero, and that there are far bigger security risks to worry about. Yet the fact remains that if European vendors are perceived to be free (or at least freer) from surveillance, and customers hold that to be important, then the NSA has clearly put a vibrant new US industry at at a competitive disadvantage. But at least we are safer...right?

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