NEW ONLINE FEATURES

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a new online feature through the My HealtheVet portal that allows veterans to access their medical images and associated study reports online.

Called VA Medical Images and Reports, the feature allows veterans with a premium account to view, download and share copies of their radiology studies, such as X-rays, mammograms, MRIs and CTs, from the VA Electronic Health Record.

“With VA Medical Images and Reports, patients have the option of obtaining their images and reports online, eliminating the need to visit a VA facility to acquire a copy of their information,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This feature aligns with VA Blue Button’s concept, which simplifies patient access to their personal health information by allowing them to retrieve it securely online.”

Veterans can view a list of accessible radiology studies, which are available in My HealtheVet, three calendar days after the study report has been verified. When a request for a specific study is completed, veterans can view a lower resolution thumbnail copy of the images and the associated radiology report online, or download a zip file that contains the report and diagnostic quality images.

For studies with large files, veterans can choose to receive an email notification when the download request is complete.

To view diagnostic quality (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) images, veterans may install a free medical image viewer on their computer to view DICOM image files. The images and reports may be copied to a CD, DVD, USB flash drive, or any portable drive of their choice to share with providers, both outside of VA and across VA settings of care.

VA in partnership with the elizabeth dole foundation to host baby showers nationwide                  

To honor and support veterans welcoming new children into their Families in 2018, 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country will host baby showers Saturday-May 16, the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

“The nationwide baby shower will ensure veterans have what they need to focus on the joy of growing their Families in those stressful first weeks,” said Robert Wilkie, acting VA secretary. “With this effort, our goal is to celebrate veteran parents – especially moms – while also increasing awareness of VA’s comprehensive maternity care services and to encourage women veterans to choose VA to support their health and wellness goals.”

Women make up approximately 10 percent of the veteran population in the United States, and nearly half of the nation’s 2 million women veterans are of reproductive age. VA offers comprehensive primary care, prenatal and preconception care, infertility services, maternity care services and the first seven days of newborn care.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for military caregivers, is expanding its existing relationship with VA by aiding in welcoming the newest caregivers to the veteran community through local support and volunteer efforts at each baby shower location.

More than 2,400 new veteran parents and new veteran parents-to-be will be recognized at the events.

At least one VAMC in every Veterans Integrated Service Network is participating.

In Tennessee, the Memphis VA Medical Center, 1030 Jefferson Ave., will host a baby shower on May 10, and the Alvin C. York Campus, 3400 Lebanon Pike, Murfreesboro, will host May 11.

All 60 sites can be found online at www.va.gov/womenvet/acwv/babyShower.asp.

For more information about VA’s benefits and services for women veterans, as well as the nationwide baby shower, visit www.va.gov/womenvet.

The briefs above are complied from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases. For more information about the VA, visit www.va.gov.