Self-Reported FAQs

Medical Events

What is a Medical Event?

A medical event is any past condition (for example, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart disease) that you have been treated for. It can include any hospitalization for the treatment of medical, surgical, and/or psychiatric conditions. It can also include any injuries or accidents that have required treatment.

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What is the Medical Events: Self Entered feature?

The Medical Events: Self-Reported feature allows you to self-enter the medical events that you have experienced over your lifetime. Don't forget to share this information with your (VA and/or Non-VA) health care team. The more information they have about your health, the better care they can provide.

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What are the requirements for self-entering my Medical Events in My HealtheVet?

To use the Medical Events: Self Reported feature, you must be registered in My HealtheVet.

If you are a Veteran and use the VA Healthcare System you are encouraged to obtain a My HealtheVet Premium account. With this account you will have access to key portions of your VA health care record and Secure Messaging with your VA health care teams.

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How do I access the Medical Events: Self Reported feature?

  • Sign in to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History

  • Select Medical Events

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What information is provided in the Medical Events: Self Reported feature?

  • Medical Event: the name of the condition

  • Start Date: the date the Medical Event occurred

  • Stop Date: the date the Medical Event ended or no longer required treatment

  • Response: how you reacted to the treatment that you received

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Is the information I self-entered in the Medical Events feature protected, secure, and private?

My HealtheVet is a secure website. The VA follows strict security policies and practices to make sure that your personal health information is safe and protected.

Important to Note: You are responsible for protecting your personal information you print out or download. It is important to protect your information. Protect this information the same way you would protect your banking or credit card information. Do not leave your printed information on a printer. Do not save your downloaded information to a public computer. When using a public computer, save your information to a CD and/or thumb drive. Remember to take the CD or thumb drive with you when you finish. You should never send an email that contains personal health information. This is because email is not secure.

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Can my VA and/or non-VA health care team view the Medical Events information that I have self-entered?

No, your VA and/or non-VA health care team cannot view any information in your Personal Health Record. This includes your Medical Events information. Your VA and/or non-VA health care team does not have access to your self-entered information unless you print it and share it with them.

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What should I do if I have any questions about my Medical Events: Self Reported information?

  • Select the Learn More link under the About MHV tab. Here, you can find general information about Medical Events.

  • Use the Medical Library in My HealtheVet to learn more about specific health conditions. The Medical Library has in-depth information about medical conditions.

  • Contact your (VA and/or Non-VA) health care team if you have questions related to your care or a Medical Event you experienced.

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Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the Medical Events: Self Reported feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you may have with the Medical Events feature. Simply complete the Contact MHV form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk.

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Updated March 5, 2020