Epic launches data interoperability resource for third-party app developers

Epic recently announced the release of a new online resource that aims to increase interoperability for third-party application developers.

The EHR giant unveiled Epic USCDI on FHIR [Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources] during its third annual App Orchard conference Oct. 16-18 in Verona, Wis. The free resource allows external apps to access most U.S. Core Data for Interoperability data elements, so developers of third-party apps for providers and health systems can access application programming interface documentation and collaborate with APIs that Epic currently supports.

At the conference, Sumit Rana, Epic senior vice president, outlined the major focuses for healthcare technology developers. 

"Embedded intelligence is something we all increasingly expect, and that intelligence comes from an expert knowledge system combined with curated data," said Mr. Rana, according to an email from an Epic spokesperson sent to Becker's Hospital Review. "App Orchard provides a forum to facilitate the collaboration on practical solutions for patients and providers."

Epic launched App Orchard in 2017 as an online marketplace for third-party developers to offer pre-approved reporting, visualization and content apps that run on Epic's software. App Orchard currently has more than 500 participating companies and almost 200 apps in its gallery.

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