SMART improves healthcare interoperability in the same way standard electrical sockets and plugs simplify the process of powering different devices in your home.
SMART, on the other hand, provides a standard, universal API for accessing EHRs. Any technology built with SMART works with any EHR database that uses SMART as well. As a result, healthcare technology becomes interchangeable, allowing health systems and patients to access medical data on the applications that best suit their needs, rather than only the ones that work with the EHR database they use.
For example, SMART decouples the protocols for accessing EHRs from a piece of software itself. So it allows healthcare technology companies to improve their products and services without worrying about how it will impact the way patients and providers access their data. The result is faster development of healthcare applications, which improves the quality of the entire marketplace (and care for consumers) as a whole.
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