VA’s health services portal to launch in September

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

Through a contract VA awarded last week 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.

Under the $921,500, one-year contract, HealthGate will provide up to 80,000 pages of health information on diseases and conditions and suites of health assessment tools. HealtheVet will go live nationally in mid-September as an information site, with clinical content on how to treat certain conditions and self-assessment features. Veterans will also find program offices and benefit information in one place, Price said.

Currently, the service is available only to test users at VA medical centers in Bay Pines and Tampa, Fla.; Buffalo and Canandaigua, N.Y.; and Washington. VA will continue to collect data from the test users about the system’s performance as more features come online, Price said.

Later this year, VA plans to add the prescription refill capability. Early next year, veterans will be able to view their co-pay balances, make appointments and enter self- metrics. In the last phase, the department will implement the health record feature, Price said.

The Veterans Health Administration developed a HealtheVet pilot, working with EDS Corp. and Microsoft Corp. But when it fields the live portal, VA will switch to a Java platform and Oracle Corp. database and back-end applications.

About the Author

Connect with the GCN staff on Twitter @GCNtech.


  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.