Project Summary

While health professionals are working to improve the quality of care at the clinical level using data, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), created MedlinePlus Connect, a new tool that links electronic health record systems to relevant health and wellness information from

Project Team

Team Members
Joyce Backus, NIH
Stephanie Dennis, NIH
Naomi Miller, NIH
Joseph Potvin, NIH
Serena Burgess, NIH
Maxine Rockoff, Columbia University

Project Details

With increasing use of health information technology, patients and health care providers can access consumer health information at the point they need it in an electronic health record (EHR) system.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created MedlinePlus Connect, which links electronic health record systems to relevant health and wellness information from NLM’s authoritative consumer health website MedlinePlus, available in English and Spanish, includes consumer health information from NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other U.S. government agencies and trusted health information providers. MedlinePlus delivers videos, news, tutorials, images, and comprehensive health information, updated daily.

MedlinePlus Connect brings patients or health care providers in an EHR to consumer-friendly information directly related to their search. MedlinePlus Connect accepts information requests based on coding systems already used by EHRs, and supports the health IT standards used by certified EHR systems as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

NLM worked with the Institute for Family Health (IFH), a group of community health centers, and piloted MedlinePlus Connect with IFH and Epic, an EHR provider. MedlinePlus Connect is easy-to-implement and free to any EHR system and its users.

Additional Information


HHS Innovates is one of the ways we are building an innovative culture at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Innovates is a contest that recognizes and rewards action taken on good ideas. To date, HHS employees have submitted nominations of innovations for nearly 500 exciting new staff-driven innovative projects, and our employees have cast over 60,000 votes to select 42 finalists over seven rounds. This project is one of the finalists of HHS Innovates. Learn more about HHS Innovates.