Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize, and share your VA medical records and personal health information. Find out if you’re eligible and how to sign in to start using these tools.
VA Blue Button
More about VA Blue Button
What's VA Blue Button, and how can it help me manage my health care?
VA Blue Button is a feature of the health management portal within My HealtheVet. It lets you view, print, save, download, and share information from your VA medical record and personal health record. With this tool, you can better manage your health needs and communicate with your health care team.
With VA Blue Button, you can:
- Download a customized Blue Button report with information from your VA medical records, personal health record, and in some cases your military service record
- Download a Health Summary that includes specific information from your VA medical record (like your known allergies, medications, and recent lab results)
- Build your own personal health record that includes information like your self-entered medical history, emergency contacts, and medicines
- Monitor your vital signs and track your diet and exercise with our online journals
- Share a digital copy of the personal health information you entered yourself with your VA health care team through Secure Messaging
Am I eligible to use all the features of VA Blue Button?
You can use all the features of this tool if you meet all of the requirements listed below.
Both of these must be true. You’re:
- Enrolled in VA health care, and
- Registered as a patient in a VA health facility
And you must have one of these free accounts:
- An Advanced or Premium My HealtheVet account, or
- A Premium DS Logon account (used for eBenefits and milConnect), or
- A verified ID.me account that you can create here on VA.gov
Once I’m signed in, how do I get to my medical records?
Go to your Welcome page dashboard, and click on “Health Records.” You’ll go to a new page.
From here, you can choose to access your VA Blue Button report, your VA Health Summary, or your VA Medical Images and Reports.
If you’d like to add information to your personal health record, click on “Track Health” in the blue navigation menu at the top of the page. You’ll go to a new page where you can choose to record information like your vital signs, health history, goals, and food and exercise efforts.
Will my personal health information be protected?
Yes. This is a secure website. We follow strict security policies and practices to protect your personal health information.
If you print or download anything from the website, you’ll need to take responsibility for protecting that information.
Get tips for protecting your personal health information
What if I have more questions?
You can get answers to frequently asked questions about VA Blue Button and related tools within My HealtheVet.
Read VA Blue Button FAQs
Read VA Health Summary FAQs
Read VA Medical Images and Reports FAQs
The Veterans Health Information Exchange
The Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE) program lets us automatically and securely share your health information with participating community care providers as well as the Department of Defense.
What's the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), and how can it help me manage my health care?
VHIE gives your health care providers a more complete view of your health record to help them make more informed treatment decisions. Through VHIE, community providers who are a part of your care team can safely and securely receive your VA health information electronically.
VHIE helps improve continuity of your care, reduce test duplication, and avoid clinical error. That's because you can see all your health care providers from different practices or networks in one place. Our secure system also eliminates the need to send paper medical records by mail, and to carry your records to appointments with community providers.
We only share your health information with participating community providers via VHIE when they're treating you. Visit the VHIE page to learn more about how the program helps your providers better understand your health history and develop safer, more effective treatment plans.
VHIE sharing options
If you don't want your community providers to receive your information via VHIE, you may opt out of electronic sharing at any time. And if you previously opted out but want to resume secure, seamless sharing, you may opt back in. Visit the VHIE Sharing Options page to learn more.
How do I opt out?
If you would prefer to opt out of sharing your health information electronically, you can do so at any time. You must complete and submit VA Form 10-10164 to your facility’s Release of Information Office (ROI). You may also opt out via My HealtheVet.
Note: If you haven't already done so, you'll need to upgrade your My HealtheVet account to Premium status to opt out. Visit My HealtheVet to learn more.
Choosing to opt out will not affect your access to care from community providers. However, if you opt out, your community providers may not receive your medical records before you receive treatment. This may put you at risk. Also, if you visit any emergency room, your information may still be shared via VHIE so that you can receive the care you need.
If I opt out, how can I opt back in?
Can I check my sharing preference status?
Yes. Please contact your VA facility's ROI office. If you've already submitted your form to opt out, or to opt back in, to the electronic sharing program, your request may be in process.