API Roundup–The latest API news for January 2019

API Roundup – The latest API news for January 2019

Below, I summarize the latest API news stories featured on API Friends over the last two weeks.

APIs and healthcare: Why the healthcare industry needs APIs

According to, “innovators continue to tout the potential of widespread API use in healthcare.” This enables data exchange and an operation’s feasibility. Therefore, the beauty of APIs in healthcare is that now they are commonplace. Technology is more advanced now when you visit the hospital or a doctor. Patients now have swift access to data, which in turn, helps them have better control over your healthcare. By being an informed patient, you can make better choices for your healthcare solutions.

Doctors are now able to take information to the next level thanks to APIs. With state-of-the-art user interfaces, as well as for analytics at a doctor’s disposal, they can provide information to the patient in real time. With such platforms at healthcare facilities, they can create better patient experiences.

Better data resources are now available thanks to APIs and healthcare partnerships. According to, “As APIs become available for accessing and handling the data previously stuck and siloed in EMRs, the cost and complexity of launching have been drastically reduced.”

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APIs and security: What you need to know

Every day, you hear about APIs being exposed and having their security compromised—not an uncommon story. Therefore, it’s important to have best practices in place to be successful. To work in partnership, you must first gear up for the battle of possible breaches.

With so many apps being utilized daily around the world, security risks are constantly developing. So, how do you protect your APIs? For starters, an important API and security measure to implement is AMPLIFY API Management.

With API Management in place, you “enable easier security configuration and the ability to meet complex security requirements” that are needed to protect your APIs. This safeguard helps to protect against nefarious hackers and protect against criminal assaults on your APIs.

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8 API Trends for 2019

Here are 8 API trends to watch in 2019. We identified the following ways for companies to grow and scale healthy API programs. How are companies leveraging APIs to deliver results?

Consider the APIs your organization built to serve employees, customers, and partners. Are the APIs available in your organization to cover business and technical scenarios to deliver a seamless experience for each touchpoint? How compelling is the experience for your internal and external customers to keep returning?

Senior .NET developer, James Hickey, explains the issue:

“Knowledge of the business’ problem is essential. How can you build a solution to a problem you don’t fully understand?”

Read the full list of API Trends here.

The value of API streaming

The noteworthy value of API streaming lies in reading data in real time. This concept gives way for your company to deliver data to consumers as it’s happening—not 30 minutes later. Therefore, this helps to engage user retention rapidly. API streaming is used in such cases as social media and other services that will deliver instantaneous results to the end user.

For one reason, many large corporations are getting on the API streaming bandwagon and utilizing this fast turnaround technology. For example, uses the tool to get their updates in actual time, as well as Facebook and Instagram, to name a few. The real-time mechanism is where the actual value of API streaming is relevant in today’s world. API streaming permits information to be dispersed quickly. In today’s world, people want their information now, not later.

For instance, companies who are streaming live events such as matches, concerts, etc., uses push technology, which successfully makes use of a subscription-based tool for obtaining their events all at once. This enables the events that are taking place in real time to reach a vast audience. This gives way for such large-based events, as well as generic ones as well.

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APIs and microservices: working for the good for digital transformation

Many people wonder, how do APIs and microservices work so well together? In order to wrap your mind around the idea of these two specific entities fusing together, you first need to understand the basics.

Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of tools for building software. I always come back to the description of the restaurant menu to describe APIs for simple clarity. The restaurant menu serves as an interesting example: When you go to place your meal, the waiter has to take your order to the chef, he in turns sends it back to your table. This is the starting point for APIs. Back and forth, working in tandem with one another via technology.

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APIs and B2B integration: the next wave

APIs and B2B integration are universal terms these days. How often do you hear these words in your daily conversations? The world has been in the middle of a large global expansion with technological advances that have taken over a company’s strategy for the future. Yet, with all this wonderful hoopla, what is the next wave of APIs and B2B integration?

In order to keep digital transformation going at a successful pace, better APIs and B2B integration are needed to keep the ball moving. What does this involve you ask? First, you have to keep upgrading to stay on top of changing technology or things will simply die out. The world now exists with such things as IoT (Internet of Things) and machine learning, APIs and B2B integration need to be able to quickly adapt to the changing landscape. Read about APIs in the world of IoT.

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