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APIs: Bringing the Promise of Digital Health to Fruition

Apr 20, 2015

The digital health imperative is upon us. With advancements in technology, the opportunities are bound only by our imagination. Recent investments in digital health are telling signs of the disruptive forces at play and the future that is just waiting to happen.

With the advent of arrays of sensors that track a myriad biomarkers ranging from activity, nutrition, heart rate, cholesterol level, glucose levels, and sleep to those that can even detect stroke, consumer technologies have ushered in a new era of health management. 

Consumers are demanding change; they want to have their health information at their fingertips through their mobile phone. Health applications are consumerizing health management. Investment is pouring in, resulting in an abundance of health apps—50,000 health apps in the app store and growing—claiming to act as health advisors, help you stay fit, or better manage your chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy, and asthma. These apps are powered by APIs – the often “hidden,” but critical technology that securely connects applications to each other and to the data that powers them.

We are at a cusp of the consumer-driven health revolution. But for the total health agenda to succeed, we need a new approach: one that goes beyond the apps and the sensors and makes better use of APIs to deliver the interoperability and security required to overcome our current challenges.

To learn more abour the interoperability and security challenges and how APIs hold the keys to unlocking the promise of digital health ecosystem, read the article "Bringing the Promise of Digital Health to Fruition," published in Healthcare IT News.

Aashima Gupta is vice president of digital transformation for healthcare at Apigee. She is former executive director of digital technology incubation and solutions at Kaiser Permanente.


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