NLM Launches Tool Linking Patients to Health Information

Published on June 27, 2011 by Jonathan Nurse

The National Library of Medicine has launched a free tool, MedlinePlus Connect, that allows health organizations and health IT providers to offer consumers information about their specific conditions through the MedlinePlus website. The MedlinePlus website provides a trusted source of up-to-date health information in a form that is relatively easy for patients to understand. MedlinePlus covers a broad range of conditions.

The tool speaks to the goal of offering the public open access to the results of federally funded research, potentially without threatening the viability of peer-reviewed scientific journals that are largely utilized by the research community.