Health Library Web Services


Health Library's Web services are built on its state of the art content repository and deployment system—Intellect—from the ground up using Microsoft’s .NET technology. Intellect accepts and authenticates requests for content, transforms it from XML according to client preferences or license information, and delivers it via the Internet using a variety of distribution techniques.

Intellect builds intelligence into Health Library’s content by managing and indexing metadata that includes standard data (such as dates, titles, and authors) and controlled medical vocabularies (such as CCS and ICD-9). This dynamic technology infrastructure positions Health Library well to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare content industry. The Intellect system enables customers to use Health Library content with greater levels of customization and flexibility.

A comprehensive list of available web services is available here.

Product Highlights

  • Health Library's Web services — an alternate way of delivering content, providing for both platform agnosticism and easy interoperation.
  • Providing functionality that adds value to Health Library's existing products.
  • Using HTTP, a transport protocol which is widely deployed and understood, and which the existing Internet infrastructure can easily handle, making the delivering of content and services over the Web a straightforward proposition.
  • Providing ease of content delivery and ease of utilization.
  • Allows easy and extensive integration of the Health Library content within a client site.


The progress on standardization and development of Web services based on XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL has marked the beginning of a new era where every computational resource and service on the Internet can be connected to provide new user experiences on accessing, sharing, and using information anytime, anywhere, from any device.

In most of the implementations of online delivery systems, the HTTP GET or POST verbs are used to make Web calls to the host servers that deliver the end results as HTML documents. This works fine for a lot of applications but all of these applications require a Web browser, because by their nature, the GET and POST actions do not separate the Web calls from their presentation.

Health Library's Web services provide a service overlay network on top of a content delivery network to provide value-added services for content while it is delivered through the Internet. These Web services can be consumed by the client side business logic using Web access protocols like SOAP. SOAP over HTTP can be used as a browser-independent remoting mechanism. For example, customers can make SOAP calls to get a piece of content and use it in a power point presentation, or an internal research project publication explaining glossary of terms can use teasers from Health Library XMLs, or get daily medical news on a mobile device using SOAP calls that re-format the day's news in a WAP format using Health Library's XMLs. This way the API calls to get the content or the service can be separated from the presentation.

Contact Information

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