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Family Health History: Self Reported

What is Family Health History?

Family Health History includes information about medical disorders and/or conditions that you and/or your direct blood relatives have experienced.


What is the Family Health History: Self Reported feature in My HealtheVet?

The Family Health History is a feature in My HealtheVet. It allows you to self-enter any and all medical disorders and/or conditions that you or your family relatives have experienced.

You can better partner with your VA health care team by sharing your Family Health History: Self Reported information with them.


What are the requirements for using the Family Health History: Self Reported feature in My HealtheVet?

Before you can self-enter your Family Health History in My HealtheVet, you must get an account. You do this by registering. It only takes a few minutes to register on My HealtheVet. Then you can begin to build your Personal Health Record and start tracking your health.

Remember, by working with your health care team and knowing your health conditions, you can learn to make healthy choices and better manage your health

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.

To get a My HealtheVet Premium account, you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veteran's identity. This is done before allowing access to your VA health care record. To learn more, go to Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


How do I access the Family Health History: Self Reported feature?

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select Family Health History


What are the benefits of self-entering my Family Health History information?

  • Knowledge of your Family Health History can help identify a tendency to develop certain illnesses and enable you to avoid triggers in your environment.

  • Working with your health care team and knowing your health conditions, you can learn to make healthy choices and better manage your health

  • You have important information about past family medical disorders and conditions at your finger tips to share with your health care team

  • Be more involved in your own health care.

Share your Family Health History information with your health care team, caregivers and others.


What information is provided in the Family Health History: Self Reported feature?

In the Family Health History: Self Reported section, you are able to self-enter medical information about you or a family member. You are able to identify the person, their relationship to you and then track and record their health history. The feature gives you a list of health conditions that you can choose from. Make sure you select all that apply. In the comments section you can include additional information.

Note: To learn more about health conditions, we have provided links to additional information.


Can I change or remove information that I have self-entered in the Family Health History feature?

  • Select the Edit button to change the information

  • Select the Delete button to remove an entry


Is the information I self-entered in the Family Health History 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.


Can my VA and/or non-VA health care team view the Family Health History: Self Reported 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 Family Health History: Self Reported 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.


Can I print my Family Health History: Self Reported information?

Yes, you can print your information directly from the Family Health History: Self Reported page or you can use VA Blue Button to view, print and/or download your information.

To print your information from the Family Health History: Self Reported page:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select Family Health History

  • Select Printer Friendly

  • Select Print

You can view, print and download your data using the VA Blue Button:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select Download My Data (Blue Button icon)

  • On the Download My Data page, Select Continue

  • You can now select the Types of Information

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select Family Health History

    • Select a Date Range

    • Select Submit

    • Select either Download PDF File for a format that is easy to read and print (PDF file) or Download for a simple text format (.txt file)

    • Select View/Print if you want a printed list

    • Select the Done box to return to the previous screen

     


What should I do if I have any questions about my Family Health History: Self Reported information?

  • Select the Learn More link under the About MHV tab. Here, you can find general information about Family Health History.


  • Go to the question: What information is provided in the Family Health History feature? There you can select links to common conditions.


  • Use the Medical Library in My HealtheVet to learn more about a specific health condition or information about Family Health History. The Medical Library has in-depth information about medical conditions.


  • Contact your VA health care team if you have any questions related to your care or your Family Health History: Self Reported information.


Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the Family Health History: Self Reported feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you may have with the Family Health History: Self Reported feature. Simply complete the Contact MHV form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk. The Help Desk staff will respond to your inquiry within three (3) business days.