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API-related Posts

An Application Programming Interface, or API, is a set of software instructions and standards that allow machine to machine communication—like when a website uses a widget to share a link on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Pillbox, a pill identification tool, is opening up government data on prescription drugs. Listen to a podcast with Project Manager David Hale introducing the tool.

  • Health Datapalooza IV is scheduled for June 3-4 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Those interested in speaking or presenting at the conference have until April 5 to submit a request to be considered.

  • When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) saw that developers who were new to CMS data had a hard time using their open data site, they developed a tool to solve the problem. Meet the CMS Data Navigator API.

  • As the ‘Open Data’ movement continues to grow, HHS is publishing new APIs and open data resources. We’ve been working with the principle since 2010 when it was the cornerstone of HHS’s Open Government Plan.

  • 2012 was a busy year for innovation at HHS. Hear HHS CTO Bryan Sivak describe the top 10 accomplishments in innovation at the Department.

  • One of the key takeaways from the Digital Government Strategy is the importance of APIs. But what is an API? This is a valuable question to think about because the use of APIs is expanding rapidly.

  • Health information is becoming more integrated with mapping tools, here’s a few of the ways maps are being used at HHS.

  • Registration for the Health Data Initiative Forum IV: Health Datapalooza is now open! Super early bird registration is open now through December 21, 2012.

  • Earlier this summer, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, Steven VanRoekel released the federal government's new digital strategy which aims to shift the way government information is accessed and consumed. Instead of focusing on producing a final product, which has been common practice for years, the government will now be making content more accurate, available and secure. One major tool in the information technology tool box being used to achieve this goal is the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

  • HHS recently updated the Health Indicators Warehouse. Included in this update are 10 new indicators, moving the total indicators being tracked from 164 to 174.