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What is an Application Programming Interface (API)?

What is an Application Programming Interface (API)?

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. 

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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