VLER Health Exchange is a program that shares certain parts of your health care record among the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and selected private healthcare providers over a secure network known as the eHealth Exchange.
How VLER Health Exchange Benefits You
The majority of Veterans receive a portion of their care from non-VA health care providers. Sharing certain parts of your electronic health record will help reduce the need for patients and families to carry records between health care providers. It will also allow your private health care provider to make informed decisions about your care.
Providers can see a list of your health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, and some laboratory test results. While we cannot share your entire health record, more information will be shared as the program grows, including doctor’s notes, discharge summaries, etc.
Who can participate?
The program has expanded rapidly and is available at all VA Medical Centers. Any Veteran who receives care at a VA Medical Center or Health Care System can complete an authorization to participate and share their Veteran health information. We invite all Veterans who are premium account holders to sign up for VLER Health Exchange through the eBenefits portal, www.ebenefits.va.gov. If you are not a premium account holder please follow these directions on the ebenefits webpage:
1. Click on Access My Documents at the top of the page
2. Scroll to the “Health” section and select Manage My Authorizations and Preferences (VLER)
3. Click on Share Your Electronic Health Information With Non-VA Health Care Providers
4. Print and complete the “VLER Authorization Form” and submit to your VA Medical Center by mail or in person
VLER Health Exchange Participating Organizations
How do I join?
Participation is voluntary and free. If you receive care at one of the above communities, you may:
1. Sign up electronically if you are an eBenefits Premium Account Holder by following the link below:
2. If you are treated at one of the VAMCs listed below, visit the Release of Information Office to request a form to share your health information or download and complete the authorization form (vha-10-0485) and mail it or take it to the Release of Information Office. You can also call the toll-free VLER Health Information Line at 1-877-771-VLER (8537) for mailing instructions or for more information about sharing your health information.
Participating VA Medical Centers
Why do I have to sign a release of information form?
Although health care information is already being shared between VA and DoD, your authorization allows VA to share your health care information with private selected health care providers.
If I enroll in this program can I choose to share only certain parts of my health information?
No, not at this time.
What if I change my mind about joining after I have signed an authorization form?
If you change your mind, visit your local VA health care facility’s Release of Information Office to request a form to stop sharing your health information. Or, download and complete the Revocation Form (vha-10-0484-fill) and mail or take it to your local facility’s Release of Information Office. You can also call the toll-free VLER Health Information Line at 1-877-771-VLER (8537) for mailing instructions or for more information about sharing your health information.
Is the information secure?
Yes. The information is sent securely through the Internet using the eHealth Exchange Network.
What is the difference between VLER Health and My HealtheVet?
VLER Health allows VA health care providers to share medical information with DoD and selected private health care providers. My HealtheVet will allow Veterans to create a personal health record for their own use.
How often do I have to update my permission to share my health information?
At this time, your signed authorization form is good for 5 years.
What if I decide not to join?
Participation is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to join, we will not share your health information with your private health care provider. This will not affect your benefits or your relationship with your doctor or the VA Healthcare System.