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VA's My HealtheVet Honored for "Consumer Empowerment"
Date:12/27/2007

Group Cites VA's Online Patient Tool for National Award

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The computerized personal health record for veterans created by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) -- My HealtheVet -- has been named a national finalist in the "Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards" given by a national accreditation organization.

VA is one of 19 finalists in the "Best Practices" first-time awards from URAC (formerly the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission), an independent health care accreditation commission. The contest attracted entries detailing innovative and proven programs to enhance patient safety and give consumers control over their health care. Winners represent health plans, pharmacy benefit management organizations, health care management firms and health information technology companies. The finalists will present their programs at a conference in March.

"This award is further evidence VA is a proven leader in using the latest technology to ensure America's veterans receive world-class health care," said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "America's veterans deserve the best this country has to offer, and VA is achieving that high standard."

Peake noted the number of registrants for My HealtheVet, which offers veterans their own private medical records and data, has topped 500,000."

According to URAC's president and CEO, Alan Spiel, the Best Practices awards are an opportunity for leaders in health care management to find out what others are doing to advance consumers' control of their health care. He called the competition the first of its kind, including entries from both large and small health care management organizations.

"We keep adding features to My HealtheVet to give veterans the tools they need to manage their care as partners with their VA medical providers," said Under Secretary for Health Dr. Michael J. Kussman. "We are proud of
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