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MedlinePlus is a free website that provides consumer health information for patients, families, and health care providers in English and Spanish. 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. There is also a site optimized for display on mobile devices, in both English and Spanish. Over 150 million people from around the world use MedlinePlus each year.
MedlinePlus provides encyclopedic information on health and drug issues, and provides a directory of medical services. MedlinePlus Connect links patients or providers in electronic health record (EHR) systems to related MedlinePlus information on conditions or medications. A mobile site is also available.
The National Library of Medicine has long provided programs and services for professional medical scientists and health care providers, including the MEDLINE database and the various services that access it, such as PubMed and Entrez. By the 1990s the general public was increasingly also using these services as Internet access became more usual. Non-professional users could benefit from reliable health information in an easily-accessible format on the Worldwide Web. The National Library of Medicine introduced MedlinePlus in October 1998, to provide a non-commercial online service similar, for example, to the commercial WebMD.
MedlinePlus initially provided 22 health topics in English, which eventually expanded to over 800 health topics in English and Spanish, plus links to health information in over 40 languages.
The site has received several awards, and been described as, for example, "one of the best places to find medical information". The site scored 84 in the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2010.
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