An application programming interface, or API, is a term in software development used to describe a connector between two systems or databases. The primary purpose of an API is to enable direct data exchange between two systems, which can improve the functionality of both solutions without compromising security or data integrity.
As the need for advanced technological solutions grows, most healthcare providers use multiple systems to meet their unique needs. The biggest downside of this is that data can end up siloed in one system when you need it to be in another.
Without an API, getting data into another system requires time-consuming manual processes that might compromise data integrity or system security. However, with the help of an API, data can flow automatically between systems, allowing for easy data syncing, improved data quality, and streamlined workflows.
Because of how they work, APIs are often referred to as "connectors." Some software has pre-built API connectors for other popular systems, but you may need a developer to create a custom API, depending on your needs.
Benefits of Using an API
For today's modern healthcare systems, one or more APIs are often necessary to ensure that all departments (e.g., clinicians, front desk staff, and accountants) have the information to perform their jobs quickly and efficiently.
For example, suppose a physician enters information into one system during a visit. In that case, an API may be used to upload some of that information to the practice management system that the front desk uses for easier care coordination.
Since APIs can be constructed to transport specific information and encrypt it, they make for a secure and convenient solution in most circumstances where data needs to be moved from one point to another.
How TempDev Can Help You Utilize An API
TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. By utilizing APIs between your disparate systems, you can improve both the physician and patient experience.
As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure proper interoperability with various APIs.
Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to begin utilizing APIs.
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