Want to place content from HHS websites on your own site? With the tools covered below, we enable you to share information and resources from across the Department. These tools allow you to add content from our websites while maintaining the look and feel of your own site. The best part about their use is that with each you do not need to manually update your site – the updates are all automatic.
These resources highlighted below promote openness, which is one of the key principles of the Digital Government Strategy. With each HHS can disseminate up-to-date, accurate, and timely health information to our partners and the American public. This is an important part of HHS’s mission and is offered free of charge.
The HHS Syndication Storefront allows you to syndicate (import) and display content from many HHS websites directly into your own website or application. When we change the content on the HHS page it updates automatically.
For example, if your site visitors are interested in Flu Treatment options, use the Syndication Engine to pull and post the latest information from Flu.gov directly on your site. That way, when a new vaccine is released or treatment recommendations change, you’ll already have the content right there on your page. For local public health departments who want to promote the most up-to-date treatment recommendations this is an easy and cost effective way to keep citizens healthy.
APIs and Datasets
An API, or Application Programming Interface, allows two computer applications to talk to each other in a language they both understand. HHS’s APIs provides HHS data in a predictable, flexible, and powerful format.
On Heathdata.gov, the Department’s flagship website for open data, you’ll find hundreds of datasets and 34 APIs for public use. These include sets on clinical trials, hospital quality, and prescription drug terminology. The information contained in these sets can be built into websites and mobile apps.
For example, last year U.S. News & World Report used the HealthCare Finder API to help consumers find the best health insurance plans[O1] for their specific needs. The API provides information on public and private health insurance plans. The publication used the API to build a web application that filters the data based on users’ response to a series of questions. The API provides the data the magazine’s tool sorts through to rate plans based on coverage and costs, both monthly and out-of-pocket.
In our ongoing effort to implement this Digital Strategy, we organized a Developers’ Center to provide access to HHS data resources and code. This page connects citizen developers with the tools they need to unlock government health data and develop new tools and services.
At the Developers’ Center you’ll find developer resources from across HHS, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the Health Indicator Warehouse, and Healthfinder.gov.
This blog originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Digital Strategy site.