URL of this page: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/milestones.html

MedlinePlus Milestones: 1998-present


  • New responsive versions of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español use responsive web design to provide a consistent user experience from a desktop, tablet, or phone. The MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español mobile sites are retired.


  • The new version of MedlinePlus Mobile has all of the resources currently available on MedlinePlus.gov, plus an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.
  • MedlinePlus Connect supports ICD-10-CM queries.
  • MedlinePlus reached over 1 billion page views and over 400 million visitors this year.



  • MedlinePlus en español turns 10 years old.
  • MedlinePlus begins publishing complete XML files containing all health topic page links and information daily and also offers access to this full XML content through its Web service.
  • MedlinePlus receives over 740 million page views and over 210 million visitors this year.


  • MedlinePlus now has over 900 health topics.
  • HHS announces the full-featured MedlinePlus Connect.
  • MedlinePlus Connect now responds to requests for information related to diagnoses, medications and lab tests.


  • NLM and its partners cease the MedlinePlus Go Local service.
  • MedlinePlus announces MedlinePlus Connect, a service linking patients or providers in electronic health record (EHR) systems to related MedlinePlus information on conditions or medications.
  • MedlinePlus adds herb and supplement information in English and Spanish from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version.
  • MedlinePlus releases a search-based Web service that allows developers to access MedlinePlus health topic data in XML format.
  • MedlinePlus unveils a new design for the entire site, with a new layout and distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish. The redesigned site incorporates suggestions from users, simplifies navigation, emphasizes search, and offers new Web 2.0 technologies that help users share content.
  • MedlinePlus debuts a collection of animated anatomy videos that show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them.
  • MedlinePlus launches an e-mail subscription service that allows users to subscribe to updates on MedlinePlus news, special features, and all health topics in both English and Spanish.
  • Mobile MedlinePlus launches to provide authoritative health information for the growing audience of mobile Internet users by optimizing MedlinePlus for display on mobile devices.


  • MedlinePlus releases a new edition of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia that includes Patient Instruction articles covering pre-operative information and instructions, discharge instructions, self-care instructions, and questions to ask your doctor.
  • Louisiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, and Montana Go Local sites release
  • MedlinePlus launches a Twitter account @medlineplus4you to extend its reach and provide followers with timely, authoritative health news and information. (In August 2011, the MedlinePlus Twitter name changed to @medlineplus.)
  • MedlinePlus now has 800 health topics.
  • MedlinePlus releases search clouds in English and Spanish. The search clouds display the most frequently searched terms for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.
  • MedlinePlus adds a tutorial on Understanding Medical Words.
  • Web versions of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine and NIH MedlinePlus Salud launch.


  • MedlinePlus turns 10 years old
  • District of Columbia, Tennessee, North Dakota, Iowa, Central Texas, and Arkansas Go Local sites launch.
  • MedlinePlus debuts the collection of health information in multiple languages, providing access to high quality health information in languages other than English and Spanish. The collection contains over 2,500 links to information in more than 40 languages and covers nearly 250 Health Topics.


  • MedlinePlus en español adds Spanish language translations of disease and condition summaries. Featured on over 715 Spanish language health topics, the summaries provide an introduction to health topics and are written in easy to understand language.
  • MedlinePlus includes links to dermatology information, including thousands of photographs and images, provided by VisualDxHealth. This unique content features high quality medical images and information on over 150 diseases and conditions.
  • The What's New on MedlinePlus page debuts. The page provides information on new MedlinePlus topics and features and has a corresponding RSS feed.
  • Go Local expands its coverage with the addition of Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Georgia.
  • MedlinePlus launches a campaign with Don Francisco, the television host of Sábado Gigante to encourage Latinos to use MedlinePlus to learn about health and wellness.
  • MedlinePlus offers new content on the English and Spanish Health Topic pages.  Topic summaries and synonyms provide a quick introduction to each disease or condition while the image on each page provides visual interest.  Reorganized subcategories and a redesigned table of contents improve page navigation.


  • Go Local Delaware, Nebraska, Vermont, Nevada, South Carolina, Arizona, Texas Gulf Coast, New Mexico, Ohio, East Texas, Wyoming, Maryland, and Utah becomes available.
  • MedlinePlus adds 14 interactive body maps. The body maps are available from the Health Topics Homepage, which features new visual elements and an expanded color palette.
  • MedlinePlus adds additional news stories from HealthDay news in English, complementing news from Reuters Health. And in Spanish, additional stories from Reuters Health now complement the stories from HealthDay.


  • MedlinePlus adds evidenced-based herb and supplement information in English and Spanish from Natural Standard.
  • MedlinePlus links to a new Go Local site: Tribal Connections Four Corners Go Local serving the Native American tribes in northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, southwestern Colorado, and southeastern Utah.
  • MedlinePlus links to four new Go Local sites: Indiana, Massachusetts, South Texas, and Alabama.
  • MedlinePlus launches a new program with OR-Live.com to provide links to pre-recorded webcasts of surgical procedures. The webcasts show actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States.


  • MedlinePlus has 687 health topics. It receives over 43 million page views per month from 4 million unique visitors.
  • MedlinePlus adds a page of health check tools.
  • Find a hospital using the newly added American Hospital Association database. Users can search by hospital name, zip code, or city.
  • MedlinePlus adds a page for Librarians and Trainers with training resources to assist efforts during classes and health fairs.
  • Two sample Interactive Health Tutorials (one English and one Spanish) are now available for demonstrations and can be downloaded and viewed when no Internet connection is available.
  • MedlinePlus links to Missouri's Community Connection from health topic pages. These links expand the Go Local project, which was piloted by North Carolina in early 2003.
  • A new page for low vision users is linked from the health topics home page. The page provides links to interactive tutorials and NIHSeniorHealth topics, both of which have audio features. NIHSeniorHealth also gives users the option to enlarge the text and to view a high contrast version.
  • A new capitalization format, MedlinePlus, replaces MEDLINEplus throughout the site to better reflect common usage of the site name. A new English tagline is introduced--Trusted Health Information for You. The new MedlinePlus en español tagline is Información de Salud para Usted.


  • New on MedlinePlus en español:
  • New on MedlinePlus:
    • Alphabetical list of all easy-to-read materials accessible from the health topics home page
    • Subject listservs containing links to news stories and new sites, as well as links to new health topic pages
  • Users can now print pages in a printer-friendly format or email MedlinePlus pages to a friend.
  • The Libraries pages are redesigned to pull data from the DOCLINE database.
  • The Genetics Home Reference, a new Web site for consumers about genetic diseases from the National Library of Medicine, is added to MedlinePlus health topic pages.
  • In April, MedlinePlus receives visits from over 2 million unique visitors who view over 20 million pages.
  • The Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary is added to MedlinePlus.
  • MedlinePlus now has over 600 health topics.


  • MedlinePlus links to NC Health Info from health topic pages.
  • The MedlinePlus home page is redesigned for easier access to health information and a new search engine is introduced.
  • MedlinePlus en español is released with nearly 500 health topics, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and interactive health tutorials.
  • MedlinePlus has 559 topics. In July alone MedlinePlus receives visits from nearly 1.2 million unique users who view over 10 million pages.
  • The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' MedMaster drug information is incorporated into MedlinePlus's extensive list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.


  • MedlinePlus debuts two weekly email announcement lists to inform subscribers of new topics and links.
  • MedlinePlus turns three years old.
  • MedlinePlus has grown to 494 topics. In October alone MedlinePlus receives visits from over 780,000 unique users who view over 7 million pages.
  • MedlinePlus adds interactive health tutorials that explain disorders and procedures in simple language using animations and sound.
  • MedlinePlus add a news feature with daily updates from Reutershealth, Associated Press, New York Times Syndicate and others, making it a great site for one stop shopping for health information.


  • MedlinePlus has grown to 415 topics. In October, MedlinePlus receives visits from over 380,000 unique users who view over 3 million pages.
  • MedlinePlus adds an online tour for first-time visitors and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's).
  • MedlinePlus features a new look, including a top navigation bar and a search box on every page.
  • MedlinePlus adds drug information from the United States Pharmacopeia Drug Information, Advice for the Patient.
  • The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia is incorporated into MedlinePlus. The encyclopedia features over 4000 articles and thousands of illustrations of diseases, conditions, and procedures.
  • In April alone MedlinePlus receives visits from over 230,000 unique users who view over 2 million pages.
  • MedlinePlus incorporates links to ClinicalTrials.gov, the new database of clinical research studies, on health topic pages.


  • A new version of MedlinePlus incorporates feedback from users. See the press release describing the changes.
  • MedlinePlus has grown to 212 topics and receives visits from over 150,000 unique users who view over 1.3 million pages.


  • MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health Web site, debuts with 22 health topics.
  • In its first month, MedlinePlus receives 116,000 page hits.
  • By the end of the year, MedlinePlus has grown to 44 topics.