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!

Every day we hear stories of rising healthcare costs. What if a solution could drive cost savings and add value? Following my previous Black Friday blog post and continuing the trend of holiday deals and specials, we’re excited to announce the release of our new ROI calculator. This calculator estimates the total cost savings innovative digital health companies can realize for both themselves and their customers when switching from legacy integration solutions (such as HL7 and extracts) to Emissary®, our proven application programming interface (API) solution.

Black Friday is an exciting time of year, as we look forward to saving money on the newest technology. Chances are the new toys you’re buying – smart TVs, wireless headphones and Amazon Echos, to name a few— are on your list because they are easy to use. We expect these devices to seamlessly integrate with one another without having to worry about frustrating connectivity issues. In a few steps, I can configure my Echo to turn off and on lights, order a pizza or even water the garden.

Let me apologize in advance if this post sounds less than humble, winning the HIMSS 2016 Venture+ Forum Pitch Competition can cause one’s head to swell a little bit. We are very proud of our product, our team and this tremendous honor, but our real pride lies in showing there is a better path to EMR integration that is available now. Our CEO, Jeremy Pierotti put it this way in his presentation to the Venture+ Forum judges:

As a follow-up to a previous post by Dave Levin, I would like to extend some thoughts regarding the security of open Application Program Interfaces (APIs) that I’ve had since joining Sansoro Health. Being new to health information technology (but not new to large vendor packages), the lack of existing support for interoperability among Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platforms truly surprised me. Over the past few years, one of the main concerns hindering EMR integration has been the potential vulnerability of patient data and medical records. The sensitive nature of the Protected Health Information (PHI) stored in these EMR systems justifies this apprehension; however, ignoring the facts and benefits of open APIs greatly restricts advancements within the healthcare industry. The great news is that secure and innovative solutions for EMR interoperability are currently available for Health IT systems!