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Voluntary ONC certification requires API-related access
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2017, Vol. 5, No. 5
Uncle Sam wants you to use APIs in healthcare. Doing so would make you a patriot, an All-American and a more effective health IT professional. The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) oversees a voluntary certification program for electronic health record (EHR) technology, conducted through third-party evaluators. As part of ONC certification for EHR systems, any APIs used in that technology must provide application- or consumer-level access to the Common Clinical Data Set, a list that includes basic patient information -- such as name, medications and lab results. The ONC certification provisions set baseline requirements for certified healthcare providers and vendors regarding access to various data requests via APIs. APIs are in the spotlight for their ability to promote interoperability among EHRs. Our September issue of Pulse examines how APIs blend with interoperability, and we also delve into how cloud-based EHRs might have an advantage over on-premises systems, as hospitals push for greater data ...
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APIs are new to some in healthcare, but other industries use them regularly. Interoperability will benefit if healthcare can get beyond its legacy systems.
EHR interoperability might swing in favor of cloud installations rather than on-premises approaches. Also, legacy systems may be left in the dust of patient data exchange.
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