The healthcare industry has come a long way in the past few decades. It is of common knowledge that affordable insurance, medical tourism, telemedicine and providing diagnosis from a distance (remote diagnostics) have helped bring about this change. No advancement takes place without the use of technology in the modern world. In healthcare, cloud computing, IoT, mobility, AI, and analytics have caused digital transformation (DX) to escalate. Now let’s see how this is related to the Application Programming Interface (API) technology.
DX requires the integration of several IT systems and databases which is empowered by Application Programming Interface (API) technology. What an API system does is it aids the communication between two software systems. At present, there are more than 150 healthcare APIs in ProgrammableWeb’s Application Programming Interface (API) directory, this number is expected to rise in the near future. A few of the Current functioning API systems are Google Cloud Healthcare API, Human API, DrChrono API, Infermedica API, and Microsoft Azure API. While some of them are free, some allow for rapid data exchange, but they all serve the basic purpose of facilitating software integrations.
As much as it is a revolutionary development, business priorities, constrained budgets, ROI expectations, documentations, technology tool selection, monitoring are some of the many challenges that burden the development of API projects.