Health Education - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Health Education

The staff at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

My HealtheVet

My HealtheVet is an Internet-based program that helps you work better with your health care providers and your family to achieve the best possible health. This website can help you access a Veterans' Health Library with medical conditions, medications, health news, and preventive health; use tools such as our online Prescription Refill, health calculators, and self-assessment tools; and link easily to benefits and resources available in VA and other federal sources.

Depending on the type of account you have with My HealtheVet (Basic, Advanced, or Premium), you will be able to:

  • Secure messaging, which allows VA patients an VA health care teams to communicate non-urgent, health related information on a secure network
  • Monitor your personal health data (Food/activity journals, blood pressure, and self-entered personal health records)
  • Refill and track VA prescriptions online
  • View, schedule, and cancel your VA appointments
  • Request travel reimbursement online
  • View labs and tests online
  • View scans and images online
  • Access medical history up to three years
Types of My HealtheVet Accounts:

A Premium My HealtheVet account provides the highest level of access to all My HealtheVet features including secure messaging with providers, and online access to test results, images, and labs. A Premium My HealtheVet account gives you access to:
     Electronic health records (lab results, images, and test results)
     VA Health Summary
     Secure Messaging
     VA Appointments
     VA Medical Imaging and Reports
     VA Prescription Refill
     VA Prescription Tracker
     VA Allergies
     Medical Libraries
     Tools to track your health measures

Offers Veterans patients a higher level of access than the Basic account to My HealtheVet features, including:
     VA Prescription Refill
     VA Prescription Tracker
     VA Allergies

Provides access to medical libraries and allows you to enter personal data into journals and other tools to track your health measures.

Uprade to Premium My HealtheVet Account

Do you want a convenient way to manage your healthcare online? Upgrade your account to Premium to enjoy the highest level of benefits with your MyHealtheVet experience.

Our staff can assist you in upgrading your account face-to-face or virtually (through video conference). You may contact your clinic, ask your check-in staff in your clinic, or contact your My HealtheVet coordinator to assist in upgrading you. NOTE: Due to COVID-19, in-person authentication requirements for Veterans to upgrade are temporarily stopped. Veterans may be able to receive help with authentication through video conferencing if available.

Your MyHealtheVet Coordinator is Dwayne London. He can be reached at 713-791-1414, extension 28844 or 22556, by email at, or in Room 5B-111.

Do you have DS Logon Premium Account or If so, you can upgrade to premium online by signing into your MHV account using your DS Logon or credentials.

More details on how to authenticate to Premium account can be found on: Upgrade your My HealtheVet account to Premium Status

Support Group Meetings

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers a wide variety of support groups for both Veterans and family members. Talk with a social worker in your Prime Care Clinic for more information.