EHR And The VA: Part II – My HealtheVet

Staff Writer | EHR Intelligence | April 30, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a pioneer in the widespread, successful deployment of EHR, offers veterans access to their personal health records. The My HealtheVet program does not contain veterans’ complete health records, but does allow prescription refills. Hailed as a useful resource by many, the system has had its problems; the most serious ones have been fixed.

What it does and how to get it

To get a My HealtheVet account, veterans and servicemen and women must register in person at a VA facility. As a registered veteran or service member, once you have an account, you can:

  • View portions of your VA personal health record
  • Receive “wellness reminders”
  • See when your appointments are
  • Get online prescription refills
  • Track your immunizations
  • View lab results
  • Send and receive secure messages to and from your VA healthcare providers
  • View your DoD (Department of Defense) military service record (service dates, deployment and retirement information, pay rates, and so on).
  • Access the VA’s “Health eLogs,” where you can enter and track your blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels, and more.
  • Browse a library of VA-approved health information
  • Tools for behavioral health screening