National Library of Medicine Launches Mobile MedlinePlus to Meet the Health Information Needs of an On-the-Go Public
The National Library of Medicine has developed a mobile service for MedlinePlus. The NLM’s Mobile Medline Plus builds on the NLM’s MedlinePlus Internet service, which provides authoritative consumer health information to over 10 million visitors per month. These visitors access MedlinePlus from throughout the United States as well many other countries, and use desktop computers, laptops and even mobile devices to get there. Now they can access MedlinePlus on their mobile device by visiting http://m.medlineplus.gov.
Akinso: The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus is now mobile.
Frant: The National Library of Medicine created Mobile Medline Plus to meet the health information needs of a one the go public.
Akinso: Ms. Loren Frant is the Head of the Health Information Projects Unit at NLM.
Frant: Mobile Medline Plus builds on the NLM’s MedlinePlus’s website which has been around for since 1998 and provides authoritative consumer health information to over 10 million visitors per month.
Akinso: The mobile internet audience is large and growing fast, almost doubling from February 2007 to February 2009. Some experts believe that within the next five years, more people will connect to the internet by mobile devices than desktop or laptop computers. Ms. Frant talks about what this mobile service provides for this growing audience.
Frant: Mobile Medline Plus brings the same types of reliable health information that you can find on the full version of Medline plus to your fingertips. If you’re wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription, you can go to Mobile Medline Plus, while you’re waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order. Mobile Medline Plus can also help you when you’re trying to choose an over the counter cold medicine at the drug store. When you’re in the waiting room you could visit the "Talking with your Doctor" page on Mobile Medline Plus to learn how to get the most out of your doctor's visit.
Akinso: To access Medline Plus on your mobile phone visit http://m.medlineplus.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Loren Frant
Topic: Mobile internet, Medline Plus, Health Information