VA: VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched its first Health Application Programming Interface (API) that will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps.”

“Introduced on Dec. 4, at the White House Executive Forum on Healthcare Data Interoperability, Health APIs will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within innovative mobile and web-based apps…”

“Health APIs will also support new clinician-focused applications, and can also serve as a foundation for data sharing between health systems to support Veteran care…”

“Consistent with VA’s Open API Pledge, the Health API conforms to the Argonaut Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) API standards. VA believes that open FHIR-based APIs are an essential component in a modern interoperability strategy, and that government and industry must collaborate to expand available FHIR resources and its use.”

“VA is committed to leveraging APIs to accelerate creation of transformational digital tools to support Veterans as they engage with VA’s core health, benefits and memorial services. Since launching its Lighthouse API Management Platform in March, VA has delivered a developer portal, a Benefits Intake API and a Facilities API…” Read the full press release here.

Source: VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface – December 7, 2018. VA.gov.

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