New VA feature lets veterans view, download medical images

Veterans with premium accounts will now have access to their medical images and associated study reports online via the My HealtheVet portal, according to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) news release.

The feature—VA Medical Images and Reports— allows Veterans to view, download and share copies of their medical imaging studies from the VA electronic health record three days after it has been verified.

“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, in a prepared statement. “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.”