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.
Roll-your-own API service Usergrid has been acquired by API management company Apigee. Usergrid could potentially help Apigee reach out to mobile developers increasingly finding themselves needing APIs to interact with their apps. It's part of a trend of developers not only being API consumers, but also API providers--at least privately to their own apps.