Veterans Affairs takes steps to make using Web site more user-friendly

Veterans who haven’t used the Veterans Affairs Web site in a while to help manage health needs, might want to try it again.

The My HealtheVet site, which can be accessed through http://www.myhealth.va.gov, added new features in the past six months that are designed to make managing health-care needs easier.

And in the next few months, veterans will be able to access their medical records from anywhere in the country, schedule appointments and send e-mails to health-care providers.

“It’s not just a tool to make their lives easier, it increases safety while traveling,” said Paul Sweeney, spokesman for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction.

One drawback some veterans find to using the Web site is a lengthy security sign up process, Sweeney said.

Any veteran needing help signing onto the site can get help by going to or calling the medical center’s library, said Lori O’Hara, library technician.

Veterans already are able to use the My HealtheVet Web site to refill prescriptions and access health information. Veterans can also track their health records and view data graphs that track their cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight and other statistics. Emergency contact information also can be stored online.

To get signed up for the Web site, veterans or their caregivers can call the library directly at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction at 263-5014.

There are an 16,000 veterans from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming who are registered with the Grand Junction medical center, Sweeney said.


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