The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pinning its latest hopes for interoperability on the cloud, namely with application programing interfaces, or APIs. But is this hope realistic?

Experts feel it will be a close call to get the API standards ready in time for requirements found in the April 27 release of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed rule. The rule makes it a national objective to achieve health data interoperability by December 31, 2018.

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