A new application programming interface (API) just released by Zoeticx, a developer of medical software and health care applications, promises to give medical record app developers the ability to deploy their apps from any platform.
This new open API has ramifications in the electronic records environment, providing improved care and outcomes and increased accessibility for health care providers and patients, according to company officials.
The API will also come in handy when hospitals and other kinds of health care organizations merge and have to integrate their disparate patient record systems, according to Thanh Tran, co-founder and CEO of Zoeticx.
With use of the API, developers will be able to access multiple, and even disparate and legacy electronic medical record (EMR) databases, alleviating the time and investment previously needed to access and analyze these databases, being able to focus on quality in development instead, Tran said.
The API can alleviate concerns about issues such as cost, connectivity and ease of deployment inherent in app development as well.
Zoeticx's new API works with its Healthcare Open Architecture, which the company launched earlier this year, to give industry software developers the ability to license Zoeticx's Patient-Clarity (PC) server. Zoeticx's new API resides within this PC server, which acts as a centralized "smart" hub for its suite of Care applications, which include CareCompliance, CareHistory, CareIntelligence and CareSynergy.
Zoeticx's PC server and Gateway technology also give medical record app developers the ability to read and write to any EMR system and make use of Zoeticx's products, which are built around the "latest" in cloud, mobile and service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology, according to a Zoeticx statement.
"Zoeticx has opened its API so EMR developers worldwide can build apps once and deploy them anywhere, helping the medical industry bridge the gap between medical data and improved patient care," Tran said in that statement.
This ability to build an application once and then to universally deploy it to many platforms can result in quicker market penetration, according to Zoeticx. Developers can also benefit from the security features provided by Zoeticx, which offer secure deployment and eradicate the need to duplicate data during development.
Its new API can easily be leveraged to enable integration of various and even seemingly incompatible EMR systems, no matter how proprietary or legacy these systems may be, Tran said.
Millions of dollars in costs can be saved as a result, as health care facilities no longer need to replace or rip existing IT systems, according to Zoeticx. Additionally, IT departments can deploy the resources previously needed to oversee and manage multiple EMR systems to other projects, leading to yet more cost savings.
"As a proof of concept, we successfully built three of our own applications using the Zoeticx open API," Tran said. "I am confident we will see some great apps built by third-parties and help usher in the type of medical record apps that will help change the game in the favor of patients worldwide. Zoeticx looks forward to better patient outcomes."