BC Advantage - 2019 Issue 9

HIPAA and Health Apps and APIs Oh My

As healthcare industry participants and law makers strive to keep pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to provide guidance on its website. Recently, HHS posted The HIPAA Access Right, Health Apps, & API.  A thought sprung to mind: how many people know what API is? Formally known as application programming interface (API), it is defined as "a set of functions and procedures allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service." Let's take a car...

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