Open platforms, developer collaboration will accelerate health care innovation
Innovation is a core virtue at Cerner, which is one of the reasons we are committed to advancing standards-based, open APIs like SMART on FHIR. Open standards create new avenues for the developer community to design apps that can improve patient outcomes and create efficiencies to reduce the cost of health care.
Just as mobile app platforms transformed the consumer experience, app-enabled health IT platforms have the power to expedite the creation of a wide variety of apps that solve all types of business needs within health care. That’s why we created code_.
Code_ is a holistic developer experience designed to meet expectations of open communications, robust API documentation and access to tools that enable developers to work quickly and independently. Open APIs create the potential to accelerate health IT innovation like never before. Our goal is to provide an entry point for innovators seeking to build apps on Cerner’s open platform and give them the space and resources to work on their ideas and test them out.
We’re dedicated to helping the industry advance a standards-based approach to enable the development of innovative new solutions to solve health care challenges.
In 2016, we’ll be focusing on exposing talented developers to SMART on FHIR API. Opportunities like hackathon sponsorships, education and training will give developers the opportunities to learn more about coding with SMART on FHIR and innovating on Cerner’s open platform.
In February, Cerner was one of the sponsors of the University of Texas FHIR Healthcare App Design Challenge held in Austin, Texas.
The results of the Healthcare App Design Challenge will be discussed in a panel presentation at SXSW Interactive in March. If you plan to be at SXSW, we invite you to attend the panel discussion, Improving Physicians’ Understanding of Patients on at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, in Austin. Dr. David McCallie, senior vice president for medical informatics at Cerner and Cerner Engineering Fellow, will participate in the panel along with representatives of the winning team, Seton Healthcare Family and the University of Texas at Austin.
Cerner is also proud to sponsor the Health Tech Hackathon, hosted by Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 4 – 6 in New York. This event will allow students to hack medicine using open source code in an interdisciplinary hackathon. Grant Chapin, investment director of Cerner Capital, will act as one of the judges.
Keep an eye on code.cerner.com for announcements of future developer activities.