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About medical APIs
It used to be that when a parent wanted advice about caring for a sick child, the first move was a call to the pediatrician’s office. These days, that same parent might first check online for the most common treatments. Online medical resources are essential tools for patients, doctors, and pharmacists. Many of these medical websites and apps rely on APIs to provide information.
What is a medical API?
A medicine database API is a central storage location for several kinds of medical data. By reaching out to this tool with a GET request, websites and apps can share information about drug interactions, common symptoms of diseases, and treatment options.
How does a medicine API work?
These APIs vary in their applications. The Symptom Checker API lets a user enter a condition and receive a list of symptoms. The user can also reverse this process, entering symptoms to receive possible diagnoses. The myHealthBox API gives its users access to official information about medicines and health equipment from government agencies around the world.
Who would use a medical API?
A health-centered API has many applications. Professional medical offices use medicine APIs for both diagnosis and day-to-day operations. When speaking to a patient about his or her overall health, the application a doctor uses might access the BMI Calculator API. Patients looking for online help will use applications that reach out to symptom checker APIs.
Why is access to medical information important?
Quick access to accurate information matters for both individual patients and public health. Disease APIs can help medical professionals diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions. Case count and location data can assist health organizations as they track the spread of a pandemic.
What information can be found in medical APIs?
The information on medical databases covers many topics. Some APIs have general information about symptoms, treatments and pharmaceuticals. Other databases are more specific. For example, the Tick and Bite Recognition API works with tools that analyze images of insect bites.
Are there free medicine database APIs?
Many of these APIs use public information gathered by governmental health agencies. As such, many of the databases are free or have a freemium developer package. Often, the free packages limit the number of times a developer’s app can make a request of the API. Disease APIs like the Ebola Outbreak API was created with the public interest in mind and are available at no cost.
Best Medical APIs
- Symptoms Checker
- BMI Calculator
- MAPI US
- Medical Codes
Medical APIs SDKs
All medical APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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