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August 31, 2015

Akana Introduces an API-driven Healthcare Solution

One of the biggest problems the health industry faces is access to patient data. This not only slows down the delivery of care to patients, but it also makes it more expensive. The many different laws, as well as disparate systems in public and private organizations, have made the job more difficult than it has to be. With the integration of information and communications technologies (ICTs) things have improved, but more needs to be accomplished. A new solution from Akana, provider of API Management, API security and Cloud Integration solutions, looks to further improve the industry by enhancing the interoperability of patient data through FHIR-ready APIs and connectivity to propriety data sources.

Akana Healthcare Solution is an API-driven platform that will give healthcare organizations the ability to accelerate the transition into more secure and digitally interoperable businesses. This is accomplished by leveraging the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard, so medical data can be used more effectively for business applications.

According to the company, healthcare businesses were in search of a solution that would increase their electronic and multi-device access to health records while at the same time complying with governmental regulations and lowering operational costs. By leveraging the electronic health records (EHRs) data for higher level processing, Akana improves patient outcomes with secure access.

It brings together the Akana API Management platform with HL7 FHIR and preconfigured healthcare assets for an API-enabled healthcare end-to-end solution. The solution manages the required API-related onboarding and communications so healthcare organizations can open communication channels between hospitals, specialists, labs and securely transfer EHR data. The APIs that are transporting sensitive patient information between partners can now be controlled, managed and secured.

By focusing on the complete lifecycle of the API, including the design, run and consumption, it offers DevOps and continuing delivery capabilities with audits and accountability.

Some of the features of the Akana Healthcare Solution include:

  • Resources schema management
  • Resource profile validation and auto-provisioning
  • Server deployment and data source mapping
  • Centralized healthcare security policy management
  • Micro-orchestration for healthcare document and message build out
  • Policy-based data collection for regulatory and security compliance
  • Healthcare partner onboarding and provisioning
  • Enterprise internal and external API community management

“APIs unlock the data that is hidden in the electronic health records (EHRs), and standards like HL7 FHIR give us a common language to communicate. Akana’s Digital Healthcare solution reduces integration and operating costs, improves healthcare outcomes and enable businesses to innovate and unleash digital healthcare,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.

Unlike other industries, in healthcare every technology that is deployed must be scrutinized to ensure it meets the many regulatory compliances that are in place. The Akana Healthcare Solution wants to bring everyone on the same page so they can communicate with greater speed, security and efficiency to introduce new business solution faster to market. 

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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