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Table of Contents: 2014 MAY–JUNE No. 398


Updates to MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Formats

Robison R. Updates to MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Formats. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 May-Jun;(398):e3.

2014 May 05 [posted]

The National Library of Medicine announces several changes in the format of the MedlinePlus Connect Web service. MedlinePlus Connect facilitates the linking of patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative, up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

MedlinePlus Connect conforms to the HL7 Version 3 standard for how these links are structured and function. Specifically, both the MedlinePlus Connect Web application and Web service accept URL-based queries in the format specified by the Implementation Guide for URL-Based Implementations of the Context-aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Domain. Furthermore, the responses of the MedlinePlus Connect Web service follow the Implementation Guide for Service-Oriented Architecture Implementations of the Context-aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Domain.

Changes in this latter specification required that we make corresponding changes in the Web service responses. These changes are:

Visit the Web Service Demonstration page to see samples of the different Web service formats (see Figure 1).

Screen capture of the MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Demonstration homepage.
Figure 1. The MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Demonstration homepage.

More information about the MedlinePlus Connect Web service can be found in the documentation. Additional information about HL7 standards can be found at www.hl7.org.

By Rex Robison
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