Session ID: 

Unlocking EHRs: How APIs Usher in a New Data Exchange Era

1:00pm - 2:00pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Healthcare interoperability relies on the ability to effectively extract data from electronic health records. Government and technology developers have increasingly leveraged a new tool for that purpose—the use of application program interfaces (APIs), software that lets different technologies communicate. Despite that focus, several barriers exist to effectively use APIs, such as the standards used to describe information and the type of data that would be released. Government, technology vendors and hospitals all have a responsibility to ensure that these interfaces are used, and that they can effectively transmit data to patients and clinicians in ways that are usable and meaningful.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe current requirements from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as it relates to the use of application program identifiers (APIs) to exchange data
  • Summarize congressional legislation requiring the development of APIs to exchange data
  • Analyze actions that health IT developers and hospitals can take to ensure that APIs used are effective in granting patients and clinicians access to critical information
  • Discuss the role of consumer technology in empowering patients and enabling research with APIs
  • Identify potential barriers and unintended consequences to realizing an API-driven ecosystem for care, research and wellness


Project Director, Health Information Technology,
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Vice President, Public Policy,
American Medical Informatics Association


Government or Public Policy Professional