Session ID: 

State of the Healthcare API Economy

10:00am - 11:00am Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Interoperability, app stores, and platforms are becoming ubiquitous in industry conversations. The digital revolution spawned by APIs in consumer applications and in other industries is beginning to take off in healthcare as we see early adoption of open tools and standards to build and integrate applications. There is much enthusiasm for wider implementation of FHIR and a consensus that it is incumbent on innovative providers and vendors to lead the way with opening up your EHRs to 3rd party innovators via APIs and drive the development of “platforms” to support the kind of application ecosystem prevalent outside healthcare. This session will discuss how to build the tools needed for a technical foundation of engaging interfaces and driving high-value interactions between different applications and partners. We’ll share a state of the industry update on the health care API economy and showcase promising efforts from leaders in the industry that can help point the way forward.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the value of open APIs and networks and review the opportunities and challenges represented by them
  • Explore need to build future API touch-points that can allow tighter workflow integration and a more open ecosystem of applications
  • Identify sustainable approaches and examine a maturity model with essential, nice to have, and future need capabilities to nurture and scale API-led innovation
  • Describe critical issues facing health innovation developers and identify ways to foster a thriving ecosystem of partners


FHIR Product Director,
HL7 International
Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Vice President,
UPMC & UPMC Enterprises
Head, More Disruption Please Ecosystem,


IT Professional