allows patient portals,
information technology (IT) systems to link to
relevant, authoritative consumer health information
and Genetics Home
’s use has steadily increased,
and it has been well received by the industry. In
Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary, recognizing NLM’s achievement and
investment in harnessing technology to improve the
public health. NLM anticipates that use and
widespread and prevalent.
For questions or comments, contact the
provides easy access to
patients and providers.
licensing or registration to use the service.
supports the Health
Retrieval (Infobutton) standard, which
facilitates the integration of information
resources into health IT systems.
may assist eligible health care providers in
meeting one of the criteria for meaningful use
of health information technology.
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NIH, National Library of Medicine.
Last revised: May 2016
This resource is freely available at:
is a free service of the
Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS). This
service allows health organizations and health
IT providers to link patient portals and
electronic health record (EHR) systems to
MedlinePlus.gov, an authoritative up-to-date
health information resource for patients,
families, and health care providers.
puts high-quality, context-
patients and health care providers at the point of
need by delivering information packages tailored to
patients’ diagnoses, medications, and laboratory
To achieve this level of customization,
relies on coding standards
already in use by health care organizations and
health information technology (IT) systems. These
Diseases, 9th edition, Clinical Modification);
ICD-10-CM (International Classification of
of Medicine, Clinical Terms);
RXCUI (RxNorm Concept Unique Identifier);
NDC (National Drug Code); and
LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers
Upon receiving a request,
leverages these coding standards through manual
codes to relevant patient health information from
MedlinePlus.gov and Genetics Home Reference.
MedlinePlus.gov brings together information from
National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S.
government agencies, and reputable health
information providers. It covers a wide range of
conditions and wellness issues, and includes key
resources to inform patients about their health:
overviews, information on symptoms and
treatments, recent health news, clinical trials, and
currently supports requests
lab tests in English or Spanish.
is intended for use within the United
States health care system and cannot support coding
systems not used in the United States.
Any health IT system or service that uses one or
more of these coding standards can implement
. EHR, patient portal, or
other health IT system vendors can offer
as a feature or option to
their clients. Alternatively, health IT system
purchasers or coordinators for hospitals, clinics,
provider offices, or other facilities can implement
directly, depending on their
administrative rights in their systems.
To provide maximum implementation flexibility,
available as a
needs to be set up only once in a health IT
mappings, topic links, and retrieval technologies.
Additional technical information for developers and
demonstrations of the