APIs are a great start, but so much more goes into building an app and winning customers. Healthcare is on the verge of open APIs and data, developer programs from leading software vendors, and an even bigger rush of upstarts and entrepreneurs looking to create digital health tools that usher in a new generation of care delivery fit for consumers by focusing on patient experience.As exciting as that is, however, there are a few things innovators really need to overcome the prevailing sense that the industry must move faster.Big electronic health record vendors such as Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic and most recently Meditech have third-party developer programs, with varying degrees of participation and success. In the meantime, innovators have the opportunity to create apps for other companies platforms as well.Here, then, are some basic tenets of innovation that app developers need most from big EHR vendors.

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