The principles that power application programming interfaces (APIs) can be difficult to comprehend due to its ambiguity. What exactly is an API? How can they be used by developers and consumers alike? How does the utilization of APIs make everyday data more valuable?
Security Concerns for HIPAA DataThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 to address security and privacy concerns with health data. The act identifies policies, procedures, and guidelines for maintaining the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information. These standards are intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the United States health care system by encouraging the use of electronic data transactions.
Until recent years, cloud-based mass data storage was impractical because of prevailing internet connectivity speeds, and the lack of robust management options for remote storage and access to large amounts of data. Since most if not all companies had their primary IT infrastructure in-house, cloud-based storage required immense throughput and was considerably less responsive than local storage options. In addition, the cost of running a suitable data center meant that cloud storage was economically unviable for most common cases.
Database servers are a cornerstone of modern businesses ranging from Google to 7-Eleven. When you run your credit card at a convenience or grocery store, your purchase is registered at a point of sale system backed by a database. Your credit card company registers the funds transfer into a database server containing your financial records. If you use a discount card, yet another database server comes into play. Databases enable businesses to track inventory, perform margin analysis, automate purchases, and identify customer trends—and to do all of this much more quickly and efficiently than ever before!