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Medical Events: Self Reported

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.


What is the Medical Events: Self Reported 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.


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 (www.myhealth.va.gov).

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 Medical Events: Self Reported feature?

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select Medical Events


What are the benefits of self-entering my Medical Events information?

  • Remember and track important information about past medical conditions or injuries that you have been treated for

  • Be more involved in your own health care

Share your Medical Events: Self Reported information with your health care team, caregivers and others.


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


Can I change or remove information that I have self-entered in the Medical Events feature?

Yes, to do this simply:

  • Select the Edit button to change the information, or

  • Select the Delete button to remove an entry


Is the information I self-entered in the Medical Events 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 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.

Can I print my Medical Events: Self Reported information?

Yes, you can print your information directly from the Medical Events page or you can use VA Blue Button to view, print and/or download your information.

To print your information from the Medical Events page:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select Medical Events

  • Select Printer Friendly

  • Select Print

To view, print and/or download your information 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 Medical Events

    • 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

     

Note: 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.


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.


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. The Help Desk staff will respond to your inquiry within three (3) business days.