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As the Internet continues to mature and more people access the web through desktop and mobile apps, the need for APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) has never been more pressing. APIs provide a consistent, easy-to-use way for developers to access data that can be built into mobile apps or websites.
Since 2005, ProgrammableWeb has cataloged the world’s APIs and has become the de facto journal of the API economy. Today there are more than 12,000 APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb directory, but only 2.07% of those APIs are health-related. Clinical research-related APIs are hardly present at all, accounting for just 0.07% of the APIs listed on ProgrammableWeb.
The Lilly COI API is at the center of our efforts to make it easier for people to find clinical trials that are right for them or their loved ones. The API was created to make publicly-available clinical trial information easier for people to understand and easier for developers to work with.
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We’ve had an amazing 2013 and we can hardly wait to see what 2014 will bring!
As we look back on the past year, we’d like to thank everyone who has shared their stories and perspectives with us. We’ve had many “firsts” this year; we sponsored the Hoosier Code 4 Health codeathon, and the Clinical Trial Visualization Redesign Challenge for the first time, and hosted our first Patients at the Center of Clinical Research Workshop. We learned so much from each project, and we continue to learn from our friends and followers on Twitter every day.
The Symple app for iPhone allows patients to track their daily symptoms and the factors that influence those symptoms–like a new medication, yoga, or going gluten-free–between doctor visits. They can also create a visual diary of their condition and build a list of questions to ask their doctors. We think it seems like a great tool to help patients take control of their health. A similar app could be handy for researchers in collecting data and reports from clinical trial participants, and could make participation easier and more convenient for volunteers.
Lilly COI’s main focus is on driving innovation in clinical drug development. However, we do understand that clinical drug development is only a small part of the overall Healthcare Ecosystem. We strongly support open innovative methods to drive value to patients throughout the entire ecosystem.
We also are committed to working locally with the gifted and inventive talent in our community to help create a patient-centric culture in healthcare.
For these reasons, we are thrilled to have the honor of sponsoring and hosting Indiana’s first ever health-focused codeathon, Hoosier Code for Health, in partnership with Social Health Insights, Lodestone Logic and the Indy Chamber.
The codeathon will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Lilly COI Center.
The event is part of the Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge, which kicks off with a reception on Thursday, June 27 and a one-day conference on Friday, July 12.
What is a codeathon?