Azure Healthcare APIs Preview
A unified solution that helps protect and combine health data in the cloud and generates healthcare insights with analytics
Improve outcomes with healthcare analytics and insights
Azure Healthcare APIs provides pipelines that help you manage protected health information (PHI) data at scale. Rapidly exchange data and run new applications with APIs for health data standards including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine (DICOM). Ingest, standardise and transform data with easy-to-deploy tools and connectors for device and unstructured data. Expand discovery of insights by connecting to tools for visualisations, machine learning (ML) and AI.
Azure API for FHIR
Azure Healthcare APIs is the evolved version of Azure API for FHIR and offers additional technology and services. Existing customers can continue using the product without disruption to service or change in pricing structure.
Quick deployment of managed, enterprise-grade FHIR and DICOM services and Azure IoT Connector for FHIR
Tools to combine disparate health datasets and standardise data in the cloud
Connectors to Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Machine Learning, and Power BI to generate insights from real-world data
Designed for protected health information (PHI) meeting all regional compliance requirements including HIPAA, GDPR and CCPA
Streamline health workloads
Unify data across patient outputs in the cloud to make PHI easier to exchange. Azure Healthcare APIs helps you standardise diverse data streams such as clinical, imaging, device and unstructured data using our FHIR and DICOM services and Azure IoT Connector for FHIR. This produces better patient outcomes, improved clinical research scenarios, greater efficiency of clinical trials and more informed care decisions.
Gain insights from PHI data in real time
Connect to Power BI and Azure Synapse Analytics for visualisations and analytics, use SMART on FHIR apps to build new applications, and apply machine learning to create new algorithms for diagnosis assistance and research. Bring real-world data from your organisations and systems of record into the cloud, and transform and connect them to various ML and AI pipelines to allow your teams to take real-world action.
Build on a trusted cloud
Manage your PHI data with confidence. Azure security isolates data and provides layered, in-depth defence and advanced threat protection aligned with strict industry compliance standards. Manage enterprise data workloads with autoscaling, high availability and disaster recovery support. Manage your data according to applicable regulations with certifications for ISO, HITRUST, FedRAMP, SOC and in scope for the Azure BAA.
Enable decentralised clinical trials and telehealth
Build a scalable end-to-end data pipeline that helps secure your PHI data workflows. Use Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to ingest biometric data from devices and standardise that data into FHIR to view in context with other clinical datasets. Use biometric data from devices to help drive decentralised clinical trials and telehealth.
Derive insights from imaging
Manage imaging files in the cloud through APIs uniquely designed for DICOM. Easily store, query, retrieve and exchange DICOM files and view clinical and imaging data together.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
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Plan ahead with simple, transparent pricing
- No upfront costs or surprises – only pay for what you need.
- Azure Healthcare APIs is free during the preview.
- Azure API for FHIR pricing is based on structured storage used, provisioned throughput and service runtime.
Documentation, training and resources
Documentation and tutorials
"The ability to one-click deploy a FHIR server as a managed service allows us to think more about our applications and customer needs, and less about the plumbing required to store and represent clinical data."Brian Kolowitz, Director of Product Management, UPMC Enterprises
"We're expecting to reduce operational workloads, increase data control, improve data de-identification, and enable our data scientists to move faster with data normalized in the FHIR standard that benefits from a community of developers based upon FHIR resources."Dr Sachin Kheterpal, Associate Dean of Research Information Technology, University of Michigan
"We are leveraging the Microsoft FHIR Server on Azure so my team can focus on what's really important for our business, which is helping patients' outcomes and working with providers. We have a big, audacious goal of moving customer data to the cloud. Azure is very elastic and secure, so we're going all in."Marc Willard, Vice President, Digital Health and Analytics, Humana
"Azure API for FHIR allows us to focus on designing solutions for healthcare organizations without having to worry about security or scalability. At Darena Solutions, we are committed to empowering healthcare organizations with adaptive solutions such as BlueButtonPRO™, enabling us and our customers to fully leverage the opportunities HL7 FHIR® offers."Pawan Jindal, MD, CEO and President, Darena Solutions
Frequently asked questions about Azure Healthcare APIs
Azure Healthcare APIs has evolved to support multiple health data standards for the exchange of structured data. A single collection of Azure Healthcare APIs allows you to deploy multiple data service instances of different service types (FHIR Service, DICOM Service and IoT Connector) that work seamlessly with one another.
HL7 FHIR, or Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, is an open-standard data model that enables data interoperability for systems using FHIR. Learn more.
Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is the standard for the communication and management of medical imaging information and related data. DICOM is most commonly used for storing and transmitting medical images enabling the integration of medical imaging devices such as scanners, servers, workstations, printers, network hardware and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) from multiple manufacturers.
FHIR® is the registered trademark of HL7 and is used with the permission of HL7.