By a vote of 13-10, the Health IT Policy and Standards committees has approved final recommendations from a task force on application programming interfaces (APIs), but only after an amendment was included to satisfy dissenting opinions among members.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 requires certified electronic health records to provide an API through which patient data can be viewed, downloaded and transmitted to a third party. APIs, which allow a software program to access the services provided by another software program, are seen as the enabling technology for patients to gain access to their healthcare information that may be held in multiple provider EHR systems.
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