The HIW JavaScript API is designed to allow developers to access data stored within the HIW more easily, using JavaScript. By using the HIW JavaScript API, developers won't have to write much of the boilerplate code required to make calls to the HIW's RES

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#Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW) JavaScript API This read-me file describes the purpose and use of the HIW JavaScript API (herein referred to as simply "JS API").

Get the API

You may obtain the JavaScript API via one of the following methods.

  • Direct Download: Simply download a ZIP file which contains the API. Download Now
  • Link from cdnjs: Get a link to the API from cdnjs. Go to cdnjs
  • Install from NuGet: Install the hiw-api or hiw-api-lite package. Go to NuGet
  • Install from NPM: Install the hiw-api package. Go to NPM
  • Browse on GitHub: The API is open source and is available on GitHub – come collaborate with us! Go to GitHub


The JS API is designed to allow developers to access data stored within the HIW more easily, using JavaScript. By using the JS API, developers won't have to write much of the boilerplate code required to make calls to the HIW's RESTful Service, and it also provides helpful information, such as intellisense and code-completion, as developers work with the JS API - assuming the IDE with which they are working supports these features.

API Documentation

The HIW Developers site includes a complete set of very detailed documentation as well as tutorials and other supporting information. If you plan on using the JS API, you should keep this documentation at the ready.


The JS API is written in TypeScript but is compiled to pure JavaScript. There are no dependencies or requirements other than using a browser which supports JavaScript (ECMAScript5). Note that if you wish to run the included tests, you will need QUnit - but this is not required.


Most developers who are comfortable working with JavaScript should find the JS API fairly straightforward to use. The JS API has been designed to minimize user error. For instance, you won't be required to type and strings such as the API's base URL, endpoint URIs, field names and operators while filtering, etc.

Note: Examples shown below assume you have already instantiated a global hiw.API instance called api and exclude error-checking code for brevity.

Lite or Full?

The JS API offers a "lite" version in addition to the full API. The lite version includes the bare necessities needed to work with the HIW API. If you are not interested in intellisense/code-completion and simply want some helper functions and the basic framework required to interact with the API, then the lite version may work for you. If you are using TypeScript, you will most likely want to use the full version of the JS API. The full API is fairly large, at around 500KB whereas the lite API is only 27KB. Future optimizations will hopefully decrease the size of the full API.


If you want a more robust experience, we highly recommend that you use an IDE which supports TypeScript, and write your code which interacts with the JS API in TypeScript. This will give you many helpful design-time features such as intellisense and strong typing.

Naming Convention and Code Style

While looking at the API Documentation, you will notice that property names are written in PascalCase whereas camelCase is generally used with JavaScript. In order to provide an API which feels more like JavaScript, the JS API maps the returned properties to their camelCase counterpart. For instance if you request an Age from the API, you would access the Name property as name instead. This same concept extends to the names of the API methods themselves. So, to get an Age you would call the Age.getByID function.


All of the classes and functions you will need to interact with in order to use the JS API are contained within the "hiw" namespace (or module). The reason for this is to eliminate the risk of class collisions with other frameworks. There is also a nested "test" namespace which contains a few test cases.

The API Class

The API class is the main entry point to the HIW API. This is where you define the base URL (which defaults to the current HIW Service) and API Key to use. Note that you must include an API key in order to use the HIW Service:

var apiKey = "your-api-key-goes-here";
var api = new hiw.API(apiKey);

You must create an instance of the hiw.API class and use it to call API endpoints. You only need a single API instance for your entire application.


All API calls are performed asynchronously, per usual, in order to not block the browser while executing the call. This means that when you execute an API method, you need to provide a callback which will be called when the service returns the requested data. If you're using TypeScript, this will be much easier and you will benefit from strongly typed data in the callback. All callbacks look the same, regardless of the API method. The IAPICallback interface describes the callback as follows:

(data: T, apiResponse: APIResponse<T>, error: string): void;

Your callback should accept 0 to three parameters and does not return anything.


Name            Type            Description
data            T/Object        Represents the data returned from the API call. If you're using TypeScript, the type will be 
                                defined, otherwise it's a simple Object.
apiResponse     APIResponse     Contains the raw response from the API.
error           string          The error returned from the API. You should check whether this is set before attempting to work 
                                with the returned data.

Singular Methods

Singular methods are described here and are easy to access using the JS API. For instance, if you know the ID of an Indicator Description you want to work with (Acute hospital readmissions in this case

  • ID=279), you can get it as follows:

    hiw.IndicatorDescription.getByID(279, api, function(data, response, error) { var indicatorDescription = data;



Plural Methods

Plural methods are described here and are easy to access using the JS API. For instance, if you wish to get all Locales, you can do so as follows:

hiw.Locale.getAll(api, function(data, response, error) {
    var locales = data; //Array of Locale


Parent-Child Methods

Parent-child methods are described here and are easy to access using the JS API. For instance, if you wish to get all Indicators for the locale Arkansas (ID=5), you can do so as follows:

hiw.Indicator.getByLocaleID(arkansas.id, api, function(data, response, error) {
    var indicators = data; //Array of Indicator

    alert(indicators.length); //Will output a very large number.

This example assumes that you've already requested the Locale "Arkansas" from the API and stored in the variable called `arkansas'. Note that this will return a lot of data, so it's recommended to use a Filter to refine the results (see below).


To ease the creation of filters to pass to filter API methods, the JS API includes a set of classes related to creating simple or complex filters. The example below illustrates how to call a filter API method and get a specific locale (Arkansas):

var filter = new Filter()
    .addEqual(Locale.Fields.FullName, "Arkansas");

hiw.Locale.filter(filter, api, function(data, response, error) {
    var locale = data[0];



The JS API also includes a simple mechanism which allows you to synchronize any number of API calls. Basically, you can execute multiple API calls and when they have all completed, a callback is execute. This is handy if you need to load data from a few different endpoints and then update the UI once all calls have completed. For example:

var indicatorDescriptions = null;
var timeframes = null;
var locales = null;
var ages = null;

// Pass an array of API calls, followed by the final callback.
    hiw.IndicatorDescription.getAll(api, (data) => {
        indicatorDescriptions = data;
    hiw.Timeframe.getAll(api, (data) => {
        timeframes = data;
    hiw.Locale.getAll(api, (data) => {
        locales = data;
    hiw.Age.getAll(api, (data) => {
        ages = data;
    })],() => {
        // This final callback is only execute onces the 4 API calls have completed.
        // Perform UI updates here.


The small examples above should have given you the general idea of how to work with the JS API. More examples and tutorials are available on the HIW Developers site and JSFiddle.

Reporting Issues

If you come across any issues while using the JS API or if something is not clear, please contact HIW Support. Bugs and suggestions may also be logged on GitHub.