According to a Chilmark Research report, adopting application programming interfaces (API) is one way that health care providers can overcome common interoperability issues.
The research concluded that APIs can solve many of the interoperability problems facing the industry today, suggesting that traditional, document-centric health information exchanges (HIEs) have overstayed their welcome. Quality APIs would be able to host lightweight applications and improve coordination across physician networks.
Brian Murphy, a health care analyst and the report’s author, believes that providers owe it to themselves to make the upgrade:
The market for data interoperability is at a point where participants are more open to new approaches and technologies … There is a broad belief among most health care end-users that HIT can do a far better job of delivering data and providing functionality that is easier to use and more responsive to their needs.
While coordinated care is primarily about the people involved, having the right technology in place can do wonders for effectiveness. APIs make health data available across a range of systems and applications, boosting the potential for practical, value-based care.