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HHS Developer Resources

Want to place content from HHS websites on your own site? Our tools highlighted below enable you to share information and resources from across the Department.  These tools allow you to add content from our websites while maintaining the look and feel of your own site. The best part about their use is that with each you do not need to manually update your site – the updates are all automatic.

With each tool, HHS can disseminate up-to-date, accurate, and timely health information to our partners and the American public. This is an important part of HHS’s mission and is offered free of charge. 

Syndication Storefront

The HHS Syndication Storefront allows you to syndicate (import) and display content from many HHS websites directly into your own website or application. When we change the content on the HHS page it updates automatically.

For example, if your site visitors are interested in regulations restricting the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, use the Syndication Engine to pull and post the latest information from FDA.gov directly on your site.  That way, when a rule or regulation is released or changed, you’ll already have the content right there on your page.  For local public health departments who want to promote the most up-to-date treatment recommendations this is an easy and cost effective way to keep citizens healthy.

An example of FDA content being syndicated on Ohio’s Healthy Ohio website.

APIs and Datasets

An API, or Application Programming Interface, allows two computer applications to talk to each other in a language they both understand. HHS's APIs provides HHS data in a predictable, flexible, and powerful format.

On Heathdata.gov, the Department’s flagship website for open data, you’ll find hundreds of datasets and 34 APIs for public use.  These include sets on clinical trials, hospital quality, and prescription drug terminology.  The information contained in these sets can be built into websites and mobile apps.

For example, last year U.S. News & World Report used the HealthCare Finder API to help consumers find the best health insurance plans  Exit disclaimer icon for their specific needs.  The API provides information on public and private health insurance plans. The publication used the API to build a web application that filters the data based on users’ response to a series of questions. The API provides the data the magazine’s tool sorts through to rate plans based on coverage and costs, both monthly and out-of-pocket.

The tools described above promote openness, one of the key principles of the Digital Government Strategy.

Developers' Center

In our ongoing effort to implement this Digital Strategy, we organized a Developers' Center to provide access to HHS data resources and code. This page connects citizen developers with the tools they need to unlock government health data and develop new tools and services. 

At the Developers’ Center you’ll find developer resources from across HHS, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the Health Indicator Warehouse, and Healthfinder.gov.

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