How to access your health records through third party applications


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Are you a Veteran with an upcoming health care appointment? Need to quickly check the date of your last tetanus shot? Need to remember what antibiotic you last took, or to review your health records before your next visit? Finding what you need, when you need it, in your VA health care history can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. One quick and easy solution is third-party applications.

VA is the largest health care provider in the United States. VA’s Office of Information and Technology built an Application Programming Interface (API) a few years ago for Apple and other developers to develop user-friendly tools for Veterans.

The result: These applications will let you find the VA information you need at home, in clinician waiting rooms, or anywhere with your mobile phone, laptop or other devices. You can view your health care records or track your medications from your mobile phone.

Using these apps is never a requirement, but makes managing your health data easier.

These third-party apps follow VA security rules. The law requires they are open about how they access, store, and use your data, so you’re always in control. To help answer your questions, review the FAQs page.


Submitted by VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT), Washington, D.C. OIT is always seeking to improve customer service to ensure VA consistently delivers exceptional customer service to our Veterans.

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