Archives for October 2013

The 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet



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Theresa Hancock, Director, My HealtheVet National Program










Keeping the Promise: Online Access to Support Veterans Health


There are a lot of reasons VA is happy to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet.


Here are three Veterans to tell you just a few.


John Scott: With My HealtheVet, I can track how I feel and what I do. I enter my pain level and my medications. To keep my schedule straight, I use the VA Appointment and my Health Calendar. I work with my health care provider and pain specialist to set goals that helps me live a healthy life.


Carl Phelps: Using the information available in the Healthy Living Centers, I designed an exercise program that works not only on weekends but I can use throughout the entire week. Using the Food Journal, I learned about portion control with my food intake and developed healthier daily routines, which I track and monitor.


Steve Noonan: I want you to know that the VA really cares about Veterans. The VA health care system does not give you meds, send you home and leave you to fend for yourself. However, you need to be a partner with your health care team.


 I want you to know that the VA really cares about Veterans. 


My HealtheVet is VA’s award-winning website that offers Veterans secure access to information in their VA health care records anywhere and anytime. Its web-based tools give users greater control over their care and wellness, helping them become active partners in their health care.


The program was started on Veterans Day, November 11, 2003.


In addition to allowing Veterans access to their records, My HealtheVet lets them save, print and share their health information using the VA Blue Button, refill VA prescriptions online and track their health activities.


Veterans who upgrade their accounts, free of charge, can opt in to Secure Messaging to communicate electronically with their VA health care teams between visits and can also view VA appointments, get VA Wellness Reminders, access VA lab results and more.


For ten years, VA’s Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, has played an active and growing role in a web-based solution that encourages Veterans, regardless of their age or location, to play an active role in their health, health care choices and decisions.


My HealtheVet has grown incrementally over the years beginning with self-entered personal health data and trusted information to a robust system of open access and transactional tools that allow patients to better partner with their health care providers.


Enables Veterans to be More Connected


Its online suite of tools, including Secure Messaging, VA Prescription Refill, My Goals, VA Notes, and VA Blue Button, enables Veterans and their health care providers, clinicians and staff to be more connected to VA health care information, anywhere, anytime — outside of a clinical face to face encounter.


In recognition of the 10th anniversary of My HealtheVet, VA is urging all Veterans, service members and employees to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and services online.


“VA is dedicated to providing Veterans with the best experience possible, both at VA facilities and online,” said Theresa Hancock, Director, My HealtheVet National Program. “We are proud to celebrate a decade of online access to Veterans and look forward to a future of even more access to meet the evolving needs of our Veterans.”


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Source Article from http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/October/The-10th-Anniversary-of-My-HealtheVet.asp

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Coach helps Manage PTSD Symptoms



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Veterans can access “PTSD Coach Online” from their personal computers.










A coach is someone you can trust. Someone who can help you build the skills you need.


How about a coach who can help you manage your PTSD symptoms? Privately. Online. Any time. No appointment necessary.


If you’ve read this far, you may have PTSD and know you need help.


Or, you think some of the emotions you are going through may mean you have PTSD and you would like to learn more.


It’s so personal, so internal, that many Veterans put off coming in to see a doctor and they let things get worse.


We hear you. That’s why VA’s National Center for PTSD has developed a very helpful, easy to navigate program called PTSD Coach Online that you can access from your computer at home.


Here a Veteran can learn to manage troubling symptoms.


Let’s walk through the way it works with Sergeant Petersen.


First, he goes to the PTSD Coach Online website and discovers a gateway to the self-help tools that build coping and problem-solving skills. Here he can learn to manage troubling symptoms following trauma, such as trouble sleeping, trauma reminders and anger.


He can choose from 17 tools to work on a problem, from topics like:


  • Change how you think about sleep
  • Deal with trauma reminders
  • Notice your thoughts and feelings
  • Weigh the pros and cons

Sergeant Petersen has had some trauma flashbacks so he clicks on: Deal with Trauma Reminders.


A unique feature of PTSD Coach Online is the inclusion of videos from coaches who provide introductions for each tool and offer video help through each tool. On that page, a click on the video and “Coach” Robert Jenkins (a VA Psychologist) helps him understand how to deal with trauma reminders:


“From time to time, you may be triggered by reminders of scary or uncomfortable things from the past. Your mind and body might act like you’re right back in the situation.


“When you are reminded of the event, these automatic reactions can make the situation worse. “Deal with trauma reminders” will help you learn to cope if this happens to you.”



Close up of a laptop screen, showing the PTSD Coach application

PTSD Coach Online is a private place to find self-help tools that build coping and problem-solving skills.


Sergeant Petersen then continues in the tool and finds three steps he can use to deal with his trauma reminders. The steps are:


  1. Relax
  2. Identify the trigger
  3. Decide what to do

As he surfs through, Sergeant Petersen discovers things like worksheets he can print out and fill in to help him fully understand how to deal with his situation. The worksheets are private and don’t go anywhere — they are just there to help him stop and write down his own ideas to help him heal. That’s just one example of one of the helpful tools that thousands of Veterans are using every day to help them cope with PTSD.


There is also a PTSD Coach mobile app, but you don’t need a smartphone for PTSD Coach Online. Anyone who has Internet access can access its tools.


PTSD Coach Online can help you with symptom management, problem solving and skill building, but it is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment and care. You can start here and then contact a VA healthcare provider.


To find PTSD Coach Online, the PTSD Coach Mobile App and other resources on trauma and PTSD visit www.PTSD.va.gov.






Source Article from http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/October/Coach-Helps-Manage-PTSD-Symptoms.asp

Veteran’s Field Guide to Government Shutdown Issued

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