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Fast Facts: What are Application Programming Interfaces?

A software application or “app” is a type of software that allows a user to perform specific tasks on the operating system of a hardware device, like a desktop or a mobile phone. Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are sets of rules and protocols that govern the interactions between two software applications. The information provided in an application’s API can be used by other parties to develop compatible new applications that can utilize the functions of the original application. APIs are being used for electronic health record systems to improve interoperability. To learn more about APIs and how they are being used in health information, read our fast fact below.  

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