Consumer Health Information

Software applications or web sites providing a wide range of health information to consumers - whether they be patients, family members, or their health care providers.

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'Open' Government Health Information Portals for Consumers

There are many free Health Information portals that have been developed and made available online by the U.S. government for consumers to obtain trusted information about a wide range of health related issues, e.g. nutrition, cancer, womens health, etc.  Take a quick look at some of these and share the links to these portals with friends and family.

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The official web site used by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to share their information, knowledge, and guidance about Personal Health Record (PHR) systems with the public in order to help them better understand and manage their personal health and well being.

Android Mobile Health Apps

Google maintains the Android Market web site which contains a wide variety of free and low cost mobile health (mHealth) apps for consumers. See top free mHealth apps on Android Market.

Cancer Commons

Cancer Commons is a nonprofit, 'open science' initiative linking cancer patients, physicians, and scientists in Rapid Learning Communities. Their mission is to ensure that patients are treated in accord with the latest knowledge on targeted therapies and immunotherapies and to continually update that knowledge based on each patient’s response. Read More »

CDC Widgets & Gadgets

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now provides a wide range of public domain widgets & gadgets for use on your computer systems or web sites. Once installed, there's no technical maintenance and will update content automatically. Adding a CDC widget to a web site means provides you with a wide range of up-to-date, credible health and safety content. Read More »

CHCF Report: Consumers & Health Information Technology

According to a report produced by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) based on a national survey in 2010, Americans tend to pay more attention and become more engaged in their own health and medical care when they have easy, online access to their health information. While the survey showed only 7% of adults currently use a personal health record (PHR) system, the numbers are growing. Read More »


Disability.Gov is the U.S. federal government's website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. Read More »


eCancerHub is a new open access approach to providing the cancer community with high quality and trustworthy information. Integrating the best of social media technology into one unique platform, eCancerHub enables patients, health care professionals, researchers, and policy makers to interact, connect, and share information.

Google Health

Google Health is a free, online personal health record (PHR) system offered by Google for your own use that allows you to enter, organize, store, track, monitor, and act on your health information as needed. [Google recently announced that they would be phasing out this product in 2012.]

Health-EU Portal

The Health-EU Portal, the official public health portal of the European Union (EU), provides European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at the EU level. The portal is intended to help positively influence behaviour and promote the steady improvement of public health in the 27 EU Member States. Read More »

Healthcare Blue Book

The Healthcare Blue Book is a free, web-based consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services. The Blue Book will help you find fair prices for surgery, hospital stays, doctor visits, medical tests and much more.


A government Web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.  HealthFinder.Gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. Read More »


MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed. Read More »

MobileTopSoft Health Apps

MobileTopSoft maintains a comprehensive web site of free and low cost mobile health (mHealth) apps for consumers that run on various brands of smartphones. Go to MobileTopSoft.

MS HealthVault

MS HealthVault is a free, online personal health record (PHR) system offered by Microsoft for your use that also connects with a wealth of online health information and tools to help you manage your family's health. Read More »