Mobile APIs for Healthcare

Next week I am participating in a webinar called Mobile Optimized Healthcare API Programs, from a technical perspective we’ll be looking at some interesting integration between Intel’s Security Gateway and Mashery. From a healthcare standpoint, the discussion looks at what new kinds of use cases are possible in this ecosystem.

For as much hype that financial services and other sectors get vis a vis security, the healthcare security problem set really is harder than the rest. At the same time, there are dramatic benefits from enabling mobile integration for healthcare, it benefits your number one asset: you. Whether its Fit Bit, Nike+, or just healthcare pros with iPads, mobile is uniquely suited to health and wellness related applications. But what is missing is APIs and integration to deliver on the use cases.

The webinar looks at the following concerns:

  • Gateway security patterns to safely repackage legacy data and services as APIs – in short enable access not attackers.
  • How to construct, share, and promote APIs to developers using API workshops and branded portals – make it easy for developers to do things right
  • How to build a mobile-optimized back end that securely exposes enterprise assets via standard internet protocols (e.g. OAuth & JSON) – what comprises the mobile DMZ? How is it similar and different than a plain, old Web DMZ?

As much as I enjoy middleware, security and protocols, what is most interesting about healthcare is the new types of use cases that bring all the technology together. I guess that is as it should be. Still as a technologist its neat to see after all these years that Web services and Secuity Gateways play a leading role in the leading edge technology deployments today.

Making a Mobile DMZ is subtly different than old school Web DMZs. Most of the principles remain the same but the implementation is different. In addition, there are new concerns to handle such as session management, token resolution and asynchronous protocols which function differently on mobile apps than web. In the webinar, we’ll do a deep dive on these topics and what it might mean for your organization

By Gunnar Peterson – this post originally appeared on the 1Raindrop blog


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