APIs ex­plained

Modern Healthcare - - Technology -

De­vel­op­ers can use an ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gram­ming in­ter­face, or API, to build soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions that use stan­dard­ized rules for telling soft­ware com­po­nents how to in­ter­act with one an­other. That way, those com­po­nents can share data and func­tions. Open APIs, as op­posed to pri­vate APIs, are those that have been re­leased pub­licly for de­vel­op­ers to use. For ex­am­ple, with Doc­tors on De­mand, physi­cians can send a pa­tient’s pre­scrip­tion to the near­est phar­macy. To show the clos­est phar­ma­cies on a map within the Doc­tors on De­mand app, the com­pany re­lies on Google Maps APIs.

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