VA services portal slated for fall launch

The Veterans Affairs Department is ramping up its HealtheVet services portal for a nationwide release in mid-September.

Through a contract VA awarded earlier this month for just less than $1 million, HealthGate Data Corp. of Burlington, Mass., and PlanetGov Inc. of Chantilly, Va., will provide health care information and integration services for the system.

The portal ultimately will give veterans secure access to their health records via an application called eVAult. It will let veterans personalize their accounts with links to information explaining their records and medical conditions.

When fully interactive in April, veterans will be able to track their medical data and make appointments, refill prescriptions, enter self-taken information such as blood pressure and chart their conditions, said Ginger Price, VA's acting director for health informatics strategy.

HealthGate will provide up to 80,000 pages of health information on diseases and conditions and suites of health assessment tools.

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