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

MyHealtheVet 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.

Upon registering with My HealtheVet, 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

My HealtheVet offers three account types

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

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

    Premium
    For Veterans and VA patients, a Premium account includes all the features of Basic and Advanced accounts, plus:
         Copies of key portions of your electronic health records
         VA Health Summary
         Secure Messaging
         VA Appointments
         VA Medical Imaging and Reports

    A Premium account gives My HealtheVet users the highest level of access to My HealtheVet features including secure messaging with providers, and online access to test results, images, and labs. 

    There are two ways to upgrade your My HealtheVet Advanced account to Premium. You can upgrade your My HealtheVet Advanced account online (DS Logon Premium Account and ID.me) or in person (face-to-face and video conference) at the Houston VAMC:

    • Log in with a Sign-in Partner (online; DS Logon and ID.me)
    • Upgrade in person at Houston VAMC

    Veterans with authenticated DS Logon or ID.me accounts can self-authenticate their account to Premium. Veterans who do not have an authenticated DS Logon or ID.me account will need to be assisted by the MyHealtheVet Coordinator or the designated Medical Support Assistant in their clinics.

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

    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.