There is a misbelief that FHIR is going to provide a rapid path to robust interoperability between third-party applications and EHRs. It’s vital we address those misconceptions and mitigate the risks posed by the hype.

The recent announcement by AthenaHealth that their APIs had been called one billion times serves as both a milestone for the use of APIs in healthcare and a reminder that API quality is as important as quantity. After all, McDonalds may have served billions of hamburgers, but no one is going to confuse them with a hand-fashioned burger with homemade condiments and the freshest fixings at a fancy restaurant!