Which Healthcare Interoperability Cloud Do You Like?

David Chou
3 min readAug 16, 2021

There are many different healthcare interoperability clouds on the market right now. Which one should you choose? The answer is not so easy, because each company promises to be better than the next. Some offer pipelines for information management, and others focus on digital imaging communications in medicine (DICOM). You might want to start by considering your goals for your data and which cloud will help you meet those goals.

Microsoft Azure Healthcare API

Azure Healthcare APIs provide a PaaS platform where customers can ingest and manage their PHI data. Customers who work with health data can use these Azure APIs to connect disparate sets of PHI for machine learning, analytics, and AI.

Key features include:

  • Structured data such as medical records from HL7 or C-CDA, generated by health devices, available through apps like HealthKit and Google Fit, or accessible on different databases can be ingested and translated for the FHIR.
  • Unstructured data can be mapped and annotated to FHIR, which is viewable alongside other structured clinical information.
  • DICOM data can be ingested through an API gateway, and the technology will extract relevant metadata from images and mapping it to patient records.
  • Devices generating biometric data can provide essential insights on health trends to care teams through FHIR integration.

Amazon Healthlake

Amazon released their healthlake service. As a result, users of Amazon HealthLake no longer have to worry about obtaining, provisioning, and managing the resources needed for infrastructure. Users will only need to create a new datastore on the AWS Console and configure it according to their encryption method preference (i.e., AWS-managed key or Bring Your Key).

Next, once the datastore is available, users can directly create, read, update, delete, and query their data. Furthermore, since Amazon HealthLake exposes a REST Application Programming Interface (API), users can integrate their application through several available SDKs.

If you are working with a format that is not FHIR, the company has included several connectors which allow easy conversion from…