In-Depth: Digital health APIs every health startup should know

By Brian Dolan
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Nike: Nike+ is selective about which developers integrate with its API, but its website explains that Nike+ will give developers access to the activity data that is linked to Nike+ FuelBand and Nike+ Running devices. Two apps that Nike+ features as developers that have integrated with the Nike+ products are Path and Lose It. Nike API

Precor: Last September commercial fitness equipment manufacturer announced a developer portal that includes APIs that third party developers can use to tap into the exercise data collected by its equipment software, Preva, which is installed at 1,400 gyms around the world. "Fitness facilities, mobile app developers and service providers use the company’s open API to bring Preva data, such as individual workout summaries, lifetime metrics, goal types and progress and rewards earned, into their own apps, products and services." Precor Preva API

RunKeeper: While RunKeeper has not official API for its flagship app, third party developers can access RunKeeper data through the company's Health Graph initiative. Since 2011 RunKeeper has offered APIs via its Health Graph program, which counts dozens of partners now and includes integrations with all kinds of apps -- not just health-related ones -- including FourSquare, Twitter, Facebook and more. RunKeeper Health Graph API

SensiotecRxRevu: RxRevu offers users a web portal or smartphone app on which to view data on how to save money when buying medications. The company has over 2,000 recommendations on how to save money instead of immediately buying the brand name medication and uses 12 different cost-saving strategies before providing the user with the best recommendation. The company is offering its API, which was announced recently, to developers with healthcare platforms and applications. RxRevu API

Sensiotec: Sensiotec is the maker of proprietary Ultra-Wideband-based technology that claims to “sees inside the body” through the transmission of nanosecond pulses that can detect micro movements from the heart, lungs and torso, which the company then uses to generate heart, respiration and movement data. The company also offers an API that allows developers to build new apps with its data or interface with existing ones: "The server can transmit patient data to any number of nursing stations, personal computers, cell phones, tablets and pagers simultaneously." Sensiotec API

Withings WiFi Body ScaleTigerText: TigerText is a secure texting platform with an emphasis on the healthcare market. Third party developers can integrate TigerText's secure messaging app via its API. TigerText suggests EHR software developers and pharmacy companies as two potential groups who might integration its app via the API. TigerText API

Walgreens: Walgreens, a national pharmacy and retail clinic chain, offers a prescription refill API. With the API, third-party developers of smartphone and tablet apps can integrate Walgreens' order, transfer, and refill prescription functions. The developer is also able to add text alerts when a prescription is ready for pickup. Walgreens API

Withings: Withings offers users different health and fitness devices, including a blood pressure monitor, connected scale, baby monitor, and activity tracker. Withings' API gives developers access to a variety of data collected from the devices and apps. This includes weight, body fat, lean mass, blood pressure and heart rate. Withings features Walgreens, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal, and RunKeeper as apps that use its API. Withings API