This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow patients and healthcare professionals find specific information, products and services online.
Some of the web sites listed here only return content that was posted to them specifically, while other ones aggregate it from various other places and display it in one central location. Companies in the health care industry can also use many of these sites to gain new customers by sharing their expertise and through paid advertising.
Top 10 Medical Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2013; 2014 updates coming soon.
NIH.gov – This is the official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world’s principal medical research centers. It provides information to the public, patients, professionals, scientists, researchers, educators, and students. The site offers extensive information on funding and training opportunities, clinical trials, wellness, body systems, conditions, diseases and procedures.
WebMD.com – Initially created in 1996 by Jim Clark and Pavan Nigam, WebMD is a leading health information service provider. It offers valuable tools, timely news, and credible information on drugs, supplements, healthy living, eating, dieting, parenting, pregnancy, teen wellness, and pets. In addition, you’ll find a supportive community with expert content and exclusive commentary and reviews.
Medterms.com – A sister site to MedicineNet, this websites is mostly a glossary of medical terms, but does also provide a “word of the day” and health related news.
MayoClinic.com – The Mayo Clinic company was founded in 1889 by the Mayo family and several others. Today it helps people find information on hundreds of conditions, check their symptoms, and improve their overall lifestyle. It assists with patient care, provides general education information, and offers services for industry professionals.
MedicineNet.com – Created in 1996, this is a popular healthcare media publishing site. It offers medicine information, a med terms glossary, checklists, symptom checker, and procedural guides with images, slideshows and quizzes.
Drugs.com – Founded in 2001, this resource provides prescription drug info to its users. You can search their up-to-date database for detailed prescription information on more than 24,000 drugs online. It provides free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent data on prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and natural products.
CDC.gov – Formed in 1992, CDC is the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It provides reliable information on major health related topics such as diseases & conditions, injuries, violence, safety, emergency preparedness, environmental issues, and workplace concerns. In addition it offers numerous multimedia tools and important statistics.
Medscape.com – Founded in 1995 by SCP Communications, Inc, MedScape is a free online resource for physicians. Its membership offers educational tools to healthcare specialists, primary care physicians and other industry professionals. It includes original medical content, journal commentary, expert columns, patient education, book reviews, and more. After registering for the site (which is required), MedScape automatically delivers personalized content to fits an individual’s profile.
MedHelp.org – Founded in 1994, MedHelp is a pioneer in online health communities. It connects people with leading experts and other people with similar experiences. You can use it to find doctors, get answers to questions, and use the community forums to ask or answers questions.
eMedicineHealth.com – An Internet resource that is owned and operated by the WebMD Network. It Launched in 2003 to offer consumer health help and contains over one thousand medical articles written by qualified physicians for patients and others.
Keep in mind this top ten list of medical search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.