National Library of Medicine's DailyMed Web Site Redesigned
New Features Improve Usability and User Experience
On September 18, 2014, NLM launched a newly redesigned DailyMed Web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.
Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly. The Web site contained only one label when it debuted but now contains 66,604 labels.
Based on the needs and feedback it received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed Web site in 2013. The new design of DailyMed is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what devise customers are using to view the site.
In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:
- Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
- Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
- Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
- Implemented a dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.
Figure 1: Newly redesigned DailyMed home page
Figure 2: Sample DailyMed record: Label information for gabapentin capsule
The world's largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.