Creating a software application that can talk to a hospital or clinic’s patient record-keeping system can be messy. As a result, many third-party developers elect to use an application programming interface, like one created by the Madison, WI-based startup Redox, to get data in and out of healthcare organizations’ records systems.

Still, app-makers, regardless of what industry they work in, must configure a software product’s backend, which encompasses things like user authentication, libraries, and analytics. Backend components tend to vary less across different apps than frontend ones, which control what a user sees, hears, and feels—the user experience. Several companies, such as Boston-based Kinvey, specialize in providing backend services. Read the full story here.