Travel can be fun and rewarding. But if you’re a Veteran with health concerns, it can also bring worry: What if I lose my medications? What if I get sick or have a flare-up while I’m out of town?
You can relax. VA has a set of virtual health care tools that will help make your trip more carefree. For increased peace of mind, do these things before you go:
Register for My HealtheVet, VA’s online health portal, to stay on top of your VA health care while you’re away. Look up health information, refill prescriptions, download your medical images and reports, and access information on your allergies and adverse reactions. If you upgrade to a premium account, you can view and download your medical records, keep track of your appointments, and message you’re your VA care team if they participate in Secure Messaging.
Explore the VA App Store for apps that might be useful when you’re on the road, such as:
- VA Video Connect – connects Veterans with their health care teams from anywhere.
- Mindfulness Coach – can help you reduce stress, deal with anxiety and depression, and cope with chronic pain in your new surroundings.
- MOVE! Coach – can help you stick to your weight and health goals if travel disrupts your diet and fitness routine.
Ask your VA health care team about VA Telehealth. With telehealth, you may be able to set up a video appointment with your regular VA provider. This would certainly beat sitting in your hotel room trying to make an appointment with a local doctor.
Remember – VA’s virtual care tools are created to assist you, whether you’re down the street or on the other side of the world. Visit the VA Office of Connected Care online and the VA App Store to learn more.
Steve Tokar is VHA’s Digital Media writer-editor