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What is the My HealtheVet VA Blue Button?

The My HealtheVet VA Blue Button is a feature that will let you view, print, save, and/or download your information in My HealtheVet. You may be able to access specific VA Blue Button features based on your My HealtheVet account type. The three account types available are: Basic, Advanced and Premium. For more information about these accounts, select My HealtheVet Account Types.


What is the Health Summary (VA CCD)?

A Health Summary (VA CCD), formerly called the VA Continuity of Care Document (VA CCD), ), is a summary of essential health and medical care information from your VA health record. The Health Summary (VA CCD) uses recognized standards to support the effective exchange of information between health care systems and/or providers. The goal is to:

  • Provide a summary of a patient's essential health and medical care information that can be used for the continued care of the patient.


  • Allow for information about the patient in one health system to be exchanged with another health system that is providing care to the patient.


  • Be used by patients within other computer applications or systems that can accept this type of file.

The Health Summary (VA CCD), ) was designed to allow Veterans to electronically share their VA health information. This information may be shared with a non-VA health care system or provider. It gives non-VA providers access to your most important VA health information at the point of care.

Veterans who use the VA health care system and who want to share their information must have a My HealtheVet Premium account. To get a Premium account, you will need to complete authentication. VA verifies a Veterans' identity by this process. Authentication allows you to access key portions of your VA health record.

Remember, you control access to your personal information. It is your responsibility to keep your information private and protected. Once you have downloaded your information from My HealtheVet, it is your responsibility to keep it safe and private. Learn more about protect your personal health information.

You can download your Health Summary (VA CCD) information in two readable file formats:

  • Adobe PDF file format: download your information in Adobe PDF format (.pdf) which is easy to read and print. You will be able to view and print it before saving the file. If needed, you can obtain a free copy of the Adobe Reader for PDF files at the VA Viewer Software page.

    Please be aware: anytime you open/download a PDF file, you create a temporary file on the computer you are using. Your Health Summary (VA CCD) can be visible to other users of this computer. Learn more about protecting your personal health information.

  • XML file format: download your information in an XML file format (.xml). You may also need to download the XML Style Sheet as well as the Cascading Style Sheet and place all three files in the same folder on your computer.

*Please know that if you open the XML Style Sheet, the content is coded in .xml mark-up language, which is not in a readable format. The XML style sheet is a companion to your Health Summary (VA CCD) .xml file and intended to be downloaded into the same folder on your computer or flash drive. To begin:

  • Select the XML Style Sheet and save it to a folder on your computer.

  • Then download your Health Summary (VA CCD) .xml file to the same folder.

  • When you open your Health Summary (VA CCD) .xml file in this folder it may be readable.

Note: Using the XML Style Sheet to view the .xml file may not work in some browser versions. You can also read the same information in the .PDF format of your Health Summary (VA CCD).


What is the difference between the VA Blue Button and the Health Summary (VA CCD)?

VA Blue Button:
  • You are able to print, save and/or download your information

  • May contain a combination of information:

    • Self-entered information from your My HealtheVet Personal Health Record (all account types)

    • VA medications (Advanced Account)

    • Key portions of your VA electronic health record (Premium Account)

    • DoD Military Service Information (for some Veterans with a Premium Account )

  • You can customize the types of information to include and the date range of the information

Health Summary (VA CCD)
  • You can download and save the file; however you may not be able to read the file within your browser

  • Contains pre-selected patient information from your VA electronic health record

  • Allows for information about the patient in one health system to be electronically exchanged with another health system that is providing care to the patient

  • The file contains standardized information and cannot be customized


What type of information can I view in VA Blue Button?

After you register, your account type will be displayed in the Member Login box, as an icon after your name. For example if you have a Basic Account, there will be a Basic Account Icon after your name. With an Advanced Account, it will be an Advanced Account Icon. Those with a Premium Account will have a Premium Account Icon after your name.

If you have a Basic account, you can print, download or save the following types of Self Reported information:

  • Activity Journal

  • Allergies

  • Family Health History

  • Food Journal

  • Health Care Providers

  • Health Insurance

  • Immunizations

  • Labs and Tests

  • Medical Events

  • Medications and Supplements

  • Military Health History

  • My Goals: Current Goals

  • My Goals: Completed Goals

  • Treatment Facility

  • Vitals and Readings

If you have an Advanced account it includes the features of a Basic account plus:

  • Medications and Supplements, Self Reported (includes VA Allergies, Adverse Reactions, Self-Reported Allergies)

  • VA Medication History - includes your VA medications, VA Allergies, Adverse Reactions, Self-Reported Allergies and self-reported prescription history

  • VA Allergies - includes your VA Allergies information

If you have a Premium account, it includes all the features of an Advanced and Basic account in addition to the following information:

  • VA Admissions and Discharges Summaries (Discharge Summaries are available 3 calendar days after they are completed)

  • VA Allergies

  • VA Appointments (future)

  • VA Appointments (limited to past 2 years)

  • VA Demographics

  • VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • VA Immunizations

  • VA Laboratory Results - Chemistry/Hematology/Microbiology - VA Laboratory Results are available 3 calendar days after they have been verified. Depending on the type of test, some laboratory results may not be available right away.

  • VA Medication History

  • VA Pathology Report - Surgical Pathology/Cytology/Electron Microscopy - VA Pathology Reports are available 14 calendar days after they have been completed. Some studies done at a non-VA facility may not be available or they may not necessarily include an interpretation.

  • VA Problem List - The VA Problem List contains active health problems your VA providers are helping you manage. This information is available 3 calendar days after it has been entered. It may not contain active problems managed by non-VA health care providers.

  • VA Notes - VA Notes written from January 1, 2013 forward are available 3 calendar days after they have been completed and signed by all required members of your VA health care team.

  • VA Radiology - VA Radiology Reports are available 3 calendar days after they have been completed. Some studies done at a non-VA facility may not be available or they may not necessarily include an interpretation.

  • VA Vitals and Readings

  • VA Wellness Reminders

  • Department of Defense (DoD) Military Service Information


What are hold periods?

Some information that comes from your VA health record may not be presented right away in My HealtheVet or your VA Blue Button. This is because your information may first need to be reviewed by a member of your VA health care team. Also, if needed, this gives your provider time to discuss your results with you before you view them in My HealtheVet.

The table below gives you the expected length of time until your VA information is available for display in the Blue Button. In some situations, it may take longer to view your information.

If you have any questions about your information please visit the FAQs. You may also contact your VA health care team with your questions.

VA Admissions and Discharges Discharge Summaries are available 3 calendar days after they are completed.
VA Laboratory Results VA Laboratory Results are available 3 calendar days after they have been verified. Depending on the type of test, some laboratory results may not be available right away.
VA Notes VA Notes written from January 1, 2013 forward are available 3 calendar days after they have been completed and signed by all required members of your VA health care team.
VA Pathology Reports VA Pathology Reports are available 14 calendar days after they have been completed. Some studies done at a non-VA facility may not be available or they may not necessarily include an interpretation.
VA Problem List Your VA Problem List contains active health problems your VA providers are helping you to manage. This information is available 3 calendar days after it has been entered. It may not contain active problems managed by non-VA health care providers.
VA Radiology Reports VA Radiology Reports are available 3 calendar days after they have been completed. Some studies done at a non-VA facility may not be available or they may not necessarily include an interpretation.

What do double dashes (--) mean?

When double dashes (--) are displayed, it means you have no information to display for that selection or field.

For example: You may want to view the allergies listed in your VA health information. You select VA Allergies on the Download My Selected Data page. When there is no data to display, double dashes (--) will appear in the VA Allergy field(s).


Is there a difference between what I can view in the VA Blue Button and what I can find in My HealtheVet?

Yes, some information that comes from your VA health record has its own section in My HealtheVet, such as:

  • VA Wellness Reminders

  • VA Appointments

  • VA Allergies and Adverse Reactions

  • VA Chemistry/Hematology

  • VA Medication History

  • VA Prescriptions

Other information that comes from your VA health record or Department of Defense (DoD)* can only be viewed by going to the VA Blue Button and selecting the information from the Download My Selected Data page.

  • VA Admissions and Discharges

  • VA Demographics

  • VA Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • VA Immunizations

  • VA Pathology Report: Surgical Pathology/Cytology/Electron Microscopy

  • VA Problem List

  • VA Notes (VA Notes written on or after January 1, 2013 forward are available).

  • VA Radiology

  • VA Vitals and Readings

  • Department of Defense (DoD) Military Service Information


How will the VA Blue Button benefit me?

The benefit of using the VA Blue Button is to improve information sharing between you and your health care team. Shared information may improve how your health is managed by both VA and non-VA health care teams. Using the VA Blue Button, you can always have a copy of your health summary on hand. You have the ability to print or save your information to a computer, CD or thumb drive.


What is the VA Blue Button Personal Information Report?

Information you selected in the VA Blue Button is provided to you as a Personal Information Report. This report is a copy of information from your My HealtheVet Personal Health Record. It may include:

  • Self Reported - Information that you self-entered in your My HealtheVet personal health record

  • VA - Information that comes from your VA health record

  • DoD - Your Military Service Information that comes from the Department of Defense (DoD)

To view information from your VA health record or Department of Defense, you need to have an Advanced or Premium My HealtheVet Account.

Note: Your health care team may not have all of the information from your Personal Health Record unless you share it with them. Contact your health care team if you have questions about your health information.


Are there computer requirements to use the VA Blue Button?

Your computer should have an Internet browser and access to the Internet. Some people have Internet access in their home. Public libraries and Internet cafes also provide Internet access. If you want to download your health information, you can save your information to your computer, CD or thumb drive. You need a printer connected to your computer in order to print your health information.


How do I access the VA Blue Button?

After you Register on My HealtheVet, you can access VA Blue Button:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select Download My Data

  • Select Continue

On the Download My Selected Data page:

  • Select a Date Range

  • In the Select Types of Information section, choose the information you would like to view and/or download

  • Select Submit

Download if you want an electronic copy and/or select View/Print if you want a printed list, then select Print


If I use the VA Blue Button, can other people see my information?

No. You are the only one who sees your information in My HealtheVet. You decide how to share that information. If you want someone else to see your information, you must personally give it to them.

Important: 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 or thumb drive. Remember to take the CD or thumb drive with you when you finish.

Please note: If you are using a public computer, the safest way to view your health data is to choose the .txt file and view it only. If you chose to open or download a .pdf file, you create a temporary file on the computer. This file can be viewed by others. To reduce the chance of others viewing your VA Blue Button and/or Health Summary (VA CCD)you should not download your data to public or shared computers.


How can I customize my download?

There are two ways you can customize your download on the Download My Selected Data page. This can be done by date range and/or by selecting the type of information you would like to view.

  • To choose a date range, go to Select Date Range and check one of the following:

    • 3 months

    • 6 months

    • 1 year

    • Or you can choose Select Date Range to enter a specific time period

      • Enter a Start Date

      • Enter an End Date


How will I know if my download was customized by either Date Range and/or Type of Information?

You will see the Date Range and Types of Information at the top of the VA Blue Button information report in your Download Request Summary.


Can I update or change my information in the VA Blue Button?

Yes. To change or update your self-entered information, log into your My HealtheVet account and make your updates. However, information that comes from VA and/or DoD cannot be changed in My HealtheVet. To change information that comes from your VA health record, please contact the Release of Information clerk at your VA facility.


What should I do if I think someone downloaded my information?

First, check your Account Activity History. This provides a record of every download of your information available in your My HealtheVet account. If there is activity you do not understand, please contact the My HealtheVet Help Desk by selecting Contact MHV

To access your Account Activity History:

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select - Personal Information Tab

  • Select - Account Sub-tab

  • Select - Account Activity History


What is Account Activity History?

The Account Activity History lets you know what actions were taken on your account, when they were taken, and by whom. To access:

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select - Personal Information Tab

  • Select - Account Sub-tab

  • Select - Account Activity History

When you go to this page, you will see a table with the type of activity, who did it, the date and time it was done, action and result.

Note: My HealtheVet guards your privacy in accordance with the Privacy & Security statement on the bottom of each My HealtheVet page.


How is a download shown in my Account Activity History?

The Account Activity History shows the type of download that was done. For example, if you chose Select Date Range or Select Types of Information to download, your Account Activity History will display Custom Download Requested. Downloads you may see in your Account Activity History can include:

  • Custom Download Requested

  • Download My Custom Data

  • Download Requested

  • Download My Data PDF

  • Download My Custom Data PDF

  • Print My Custom Data

  • Print My Data

  • View My Custom Data

  • View My Data

  • Download My VA CCD


How do I know when I last used VA Blue Button to download my information?

A record of every download of your information is available in your My HealtheVet Account Activity History. To check this:

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account

  • Select - Personal Information Tab

  • Select - Account Sub-tab

  • Select - Account Activity History

When you go to this page, you will see a table with the type of activity, who did it, the date and time it was done, and the action and result.


What if I have questions about using the VA Blue Button?

The VA Blue Button was created with Veterans in mind. To use the VA Blue Button, no training is needed, but you may have questions. You can select the VA Blue Button User Guide to see how the VA Blue Button works.

If you have questions, please use the Contact MHV tab at the top of any page on My HealtheVet. You may also contact the My HealtheVet Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.


What is a file format?

A file format specifies how the information is organized in a computer file and which programs the file is used with. On My HealtheVet, you can get your VA Blue Button information in two file formats (.pdf and .txt file).


What file format is available to view, print and/or download my VA Blue Button report?

You can get your VA Blue Button in two file formats. You can download it in a format that is easy to read and print (.pdf file) or as a simple text format (.txt file). You may wish to review the information in your account first to be sure it is up to date before you download it.


What is a pdf File?

PDF File stands for Portable Document Format. It is a file that keeps your data in the original form. Your information looks the same on the screen and in print regardless of what kind of computer you have. It is a simple, easy way to download your files.

Please note: If you are using a public computer, the safest way to view your health data is to choose the .txt file and view it only. If you chose to open or download a .pdf file, you create a temporary file on the computer. This file can be viewed by others. To reduce the chance of others viewing your VA Blue Button and/or Health Summary (VA CCD) you should not download your data as a .pdf file on a public or shared computer.


What is a txt File?

Txt stands for text file. It is a file that presents your data in a line-by-line format. As a result, your print out or download may look different from what you see on the computer screen.


What is a CD?

A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is a round shaped disc used to store information from your computer. A CD is portable and requires special handling to prevent damage to the recording. A CD is one of the most common ways to store information.


What is a thumb drive?

A thumb drive is a small electronic device used to store information from your computer. It also is called a flash drive or pen drive. A thumb drive is lightweight, portable and easy to use for moving information. It fits into the Universal Serial Bus (USB) slot on a computer. When using a USB, the computer can read your transferred information.