For a full list of queries, see the [reference](🔗).
## What is the Data API?
The Data API is a REST API that provides comprehensive health data served via JSON for request and response payloads.
The Data API is composed of [two distinct types](🔗) of health data:
**Wellness** - personal health data from wearable devices and apps **Medical** - patient medial records from health providers
This section assumes that you have registered users and have retrieved their access tokens using the Human Connect popup. If you haven't done that yet, please go through the [Authenticating Users](🔗) section of the documentation.
## Querying a user's health data
To query a user's health data all you need to do is use their `
accessToken` in a GET request to one of the Human API endpoints. A standard query looks like this:
You can always give an endpoint a try with the access_token `
demo`. See [Demo Data](🔗) for more info.
Before you start to write your data retrieval infrastructure you will want to review a few things:
The [Patterns and Conventions](🔗) section, which covers all important conventions Human API follows.
The [SDKs and Libraries](🔗) section, which has examples and libraries in various languages you can use.
The [Demo Data](🔗) section, which covers how to work with demo data while you prototype and integrate.
The [API Reference](🔗) page, which provides a comprehensive list of all the endpoints the Data API provides.
## Setting Up Your Data Retrieval Infrastructure
Now that you know how to query an individual user's health data, you need to set up your data retrieval infrastructure. An example of a basic data retrieval using Node.js would be:
That's all there is to it! Now that you have implemented Human Connect and started to retrieve data via the Data API, you can continue building out your application.
Since you have the basics down, you may be interested in learning more about:
# Best Practices
[Data Synchronization](🔗) - Keeping user data in sync with your database
[Data Availability & Design](🔗) - Setting expectations for your users
# Displaying Data
Check out the **Chart API** for a quick and easy way to display data in your application.
[Chart API Overview](🔗)