People are starting to understand how having access to their own health data can help them take better care of themselves. Recent healthcare technology developments have been driven by a desire to make healthcare more accessible and more focused on prevention rather than treatment. The whole idea of connected health – sensors, fitness trackers, and smart gadgets telling users when to exercise or to drink water – has been growing increasingly popular among big-name companies and small startups alike. Google and Apple are investing in the development of their own ecosystems to integrate with iOS and Android health and fitness applications. Healthcare APIs allow developers to seamlessly integrate their health applications with individual devices and entire ecosystems, which safely stores and accesses health data. But are APIs integrated in medical apps truly welcomed by hospitals and healthcare professionals? Today’s healthcare networks typically use their own EHR (electronic health record) systems that are incompatible with the record systems of other networks and do not allow for the simple exchange of health data among doctors and facilities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included a requirement that US healthcare providers enable their patients to view, download, and transmit their health data to third parties – other hospital chains, insurance companies and research facilities. In 2018, another requirement of the act is expected to be implemented, specifically stating that patients must be able to access their health information through an API via the application of their choice. Laws of European Union also restrict third-party healthcare app development to a number of trusted APIs and platforms. To work with healthcare software, these platforms have to prove their compliance with strict security regulations. For instance, Chino.io is one of the platforms that promises necessary level of security for healthcare enterprise and developers who want to develop software for European Union hospitals. Chino.io comply with the current EU and member states’ data protection laws, and security standards for healthcare. They also promise to provide software quality certification according to security standards ISO 9001 & 27001, supporting the certification of medical grade software and devices.
More and more companies among software developers and healthcare networks realise that healthcare API can be very beneficial for them. How? Healthcare APIs provide various benefits For patients, APIs mean more control over their health data. APIs can allow patients to provide health records to new facilities without going through receptionists and making unnecessary phone calls. Patients can also benefit from the integration of fitness trackers and other smart devices with EHR systems because these devices can add more data to their charts and assist with diagnosis and treatment. For hospitals, APIs mean an opportunity to improve the usability of electronic health records with the assistance of third-party software for clinicians. With APIs, doctors can finally know that all patient history is consolidated in one place and is easy to access. APIs like Drchrono also help doctors bill patients and manage appointments.
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