Obama’s SOTU statement on Veteran’s E-Med records downloadable is only barely true
“The president’s comments are misleading to service members, veterans and the American public, who now think that this system is in place and functional, while it is clearly not. In the last 24 hours, IAVA has heard from hundreds of members, who have expressed surprise and outrage that the president could get something so wrong in arguably the most important speech of the year.”
In October, the administration formally launched something called the “VA Blue Button” which allows veterans to download and view some medical information online. Primarily, it allows veterans to access self-entered health metrics such as blood pressure, weight and heart rate as well as emergency contact information, test results, family health history, military health history and other health-related information. Using data from the patient’s Veterans Health Administration’s Electronic Health Records (VistA), it also allows vets to access information about their VA prescription histories, wellness reminders and VA appointments (both past and future).
Can a vet get all of his or her medical records via the Blue Button? No. You still can’t yet get medical records such as doctors’ notes or X-rays.