Using APIs to Improve the Business of Care Delivery

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John D. Halamka, MD, MS
Chief Information Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess System

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is the International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess System, and a practicing emergency physician. He strives to improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency for patients, providers, and payers throughout the world using information technology.   He has written 5 books, several hundred articles, and the popular Geekdoctor blog. He is also an organic farmer in Sherborn, Massachusetts, overseeing 15 acres of agriculture, animals, and cider/mead making.

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December 14th, 2017 1:00PM EDT

Healthcare APIs have the potential to modernize the way providers, patients, payers, and other stakeholders interact with and use data. Not only do application programming interfaces (APIs) enable one software program to access the services of another, but they are part of a forward-looking digital environment wherein new applications can be integrated and old ones replaced.

However, much depends on the availability of APIs to access proprietary applications and web services. Standards development organizations have worked to create healthcare APIs that help improve health data exchange and interoperability with HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) garnering much interest and attention recently. As healthcare organizations consider the use of APIs, they must have a plan to ensure the use of these tools benefits both their present and future operations.

In this presentation, Harvard Medical School International Healthcare Innovation Professor and Beth Israel Deaconess System CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, will discuss how to develop an application development framework and API strategy that allow organizations to:

  • Interact and exchange data at scale based on industry standards
  • Integrate easily and securely  with other systems and third-party servicers
  • Automate decisions and manage the business processes via a decision support system
  • Support consistency inside the organization
  • Enable collaboration and interoperability between organizations
  • Replace monolithic architecture with a scalable, agile application environment

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Joe Dickman
Business Executive

Joe is a business executive working with organizations to understand how to leverage innovation for increased business agility. An early adopter of open source, he started and has grown Vizuri to be an award winning, premier services partner with market leaders such as Red Hat and Docker. Joe is an active member and speaker within the Open Source Community with more than 30 years of experience as a technical architect, developer, and business leader. Joe specializes in helping visionaries - large and small - implement innovative, pragmatic technology solutions that address real-world challenges.