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The 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet

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Theresa Hancock, Director, My HealtheVet National Program

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keeping the Promise: Online Access to Support Veterans Health

There are a lot of reasons VA is happy to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet.

Here are three Veterans to tell you just a few.

John Scott: With My HealtheVet, I can track how I feel and what I do. I enter my pain level and my medications. To keep my schedule straight, I use the VA Appointment and my Health Calendar. I work with my health care provider and pain specialist to set goals that helps me live a healthy life.

Carl Phelps: Using the information available in the Healthy Living Centers, I designed an exercise program that works not only on weekends but I can use throughout the entire week. Using the Food Journal, I learned about portion control with my food intake and developed healthier daily routines, which I track and monitor.

Steve Noonan: I want you to know that the VA really cares about Veterans. The VA health care system does not give you meds, send you home and leave you to fend for yourself. However, you need to be a partner with your health care team.

 I want you to know that the VA really cares about Veterans. 

My HealtheVet is VA’s award-winning website that offers Veterans secure access to information in their VA health care records anywhere and anytime. Its web-based tools give users greater control over their care and wellness, helping them become active partners in their health care.

The program was started on Veterans Day, November 11, 2003.

In addition to allowing Veterans access to their records, My HealtheVet lets them save, print and share their health information using the VA Blue Button, refill VA prescriptions online and track their health activities.

Veterans who upgrade their accounts, free of charge, can opt in to Secure Messaging to communicate electronically with their VA health care teams between visits and can also view VA appointments, get VA Wellness Reminders, access VA lab results and more.

For ten years, VA’s Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, has played an active and growing role in a web-based solution that encourages Veterans, regardless of their age or location, to play an active role in their health, health care choices and decisions.

My HealtheVet has grown incrementally over the years beginning with self-entered personal health data and trusted information to a robust system of open access and transactional tools that allow patients to better partner with their health care providers.

Enables Veterans to be More Connected

Its online suite of tools, including Secure Messaging, VA Prescription Refill, My Goals, VA Notes, and VA Blue Button, enables Veterans and their health care providers, clinicians and staff to be more connected to VA health care information, anywhere, anytime — outside of a clinical face to face encounter.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of My HealtheVet, VA is urging all Veterans, service members and employees to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and services online.

“VA is dedicated to providing Veterans with the best experience possible, both at VA facilities and online,” said Theresa Hancock, Director, My HealtheVet National Program. “We are proud to celebrate a decade of online access to Veterans and look forward to a future of even more access to meet the evolving needs of our Veterans.”

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