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Redox co-founder Niko Skievaski gives a presentation at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Pressure Chamber competition in 2014.

Redox, one of Madison's most rapidly growing health technology companies, has reached a milestone in its development: The company has announced that it has "successfully integrated" its interface with both Cerner and Epic Systems software, the two leading vendors of records systems to health care providers in the U.S.

It's a big deal, given that Redox's entire business is premised on successfully interfacing with the likes of Cerner and Epic. The company has built an application programming interface, also known as an API, that's designed to help people developing digital health applications for health care providers or patients. The idea is that through the company's API, developers will more easily be able to retrieve data from electronic health records software.

According to George McLaughin, who oversees operations at Redox, an easy way of imagining what it is that the company does is to think of them as a server at a restaurant.

"What an API basically allows you to do is to tell the waiter what you want," he said. "And then the waiter goes back and tells the kitchen, the kitchen makes the thing, and the waiter brings it back."

In other words, Redox clients working on digital health applications don't have to do the legwork of figuring out the particularities of a given electronic health records system themselves — they can simply use Redox's interface to do the work.

"We want to democratize innovation in health care," said McLaughin. "And how we believe you do that is, remove this huge technical obstacle to the brightest minds."

The company has been able to demonstrate to a significant extent that their API is successfully interfacing with Cerner and Epic. McLaughin said that given how much talk there is in the market about attaining "interoperability" — the ability to successfully be able to transfer health data between different systems — their accomplishment is significant,

"There's a lot of noise in this space," he said. "We're actually doing it."

Redox was co-founded in 2014 by Niko Skievaski, Luke Bonney and James Lloyd. Today, it comprises a team of about 25 people who work out of the coworking space 100state in downtown Madison.

Erik Lorenzsonn is the Capital Times' tech and culture reporter. He joined the team in 2016, after having served as an online editor for Wisconsin Public Radio and having written for publications like The Progressive Magazine and The Poughkeepsie Journal.