More APIs and plans for the National Health Stack have been made public after Bangalore-based private think tank iSpirt initially demoed the health data consent manager on May 23. Over webinars held on May 30, June 6, and June 13, iSpirt revealed further plans including that of building registries, including a doctor registry. It also revealed that test environments for some of the Health Stack components will go live on June 30, and will be open to everyone, and not just members of the Swasth Alliance. Certain players in the health information flow will have to be certified, which will begin on July 27. Here are some of the most important developments: 1. API Bridges: What they do and their certifications Consent managers in the Health Stack will let patients consent to have their data flow between hospitals, labs, and clinics which have their health records (Health Information Providers) and doctors and first-care responders to want to use it (Health Information Users), as we had explained earlier. On May 30, iSpirt explained that HIPs and HIUs will plug into the consent manager ecosystem through entities called “API Bridges”. iSpirt had made their APIs public earlier on May 23. HIPs and HIUs can either build their own or plug into a third-party API Bridge. “Private companies can also innovate on the API bridges, and innovate on providing PDF uploads to small labs. Some may offer cloud solutions,” Shetty said. “It’s fairly simple to get up and running, it should take two-four…
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