MedlinePlus is a free website that provides consumer health information for patients, families, and health care providers. The site brings together information from the United States National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S. government agencies, and health-related organizations. The U.S. National Library of Medicine produces and maintains the site. MedlinePlus includes a companion site in Spanish, which offers similar content for the Spanish-speaking community. It also offers a mobile site in both English and Spanish optimized for display on mobile devices. Over 150 million people from around the world use MedlinePlus each year.
- A.D.A.M., Inc. covering hundreds of diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.
- Drug information for both generic and brand-name prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Herbal and dietary supplement information.
- A medical dictionary.
- HealthDay, plus press releases from major medical organizations.
- Directories of physicians, dentists, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers.
- anatomy videos.
- Interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute that use animations and sound to explain conditions and procedures.
- MedlinePlus Connect, a service linking patients or providers in electronic health record (EHR) systems to related MedlinePlus information on conditions or medications.
- A mobile site to provide authoritative health information for the growing audience of mobile internet users.
Throughout its history, the National Library of Medicine traditionally focused its programs and services on health care professionals. In the 1990s, the Library recognized that the general public was becoming an important user group, due to the increasing availability of Internet access. This new user group needed access to reliable health information in a consumer-friendly, Web-based format. The National Library of Medicine sought to meet this need with the introduction of MedlinePlus in October 1998.
MedlinePlus debuted with 22 English-language health topics. Today, it has over 800 health topics in English and Spanish and also includes links to health information in over 40 languages.