For Providers - Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)
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Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)

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Many Veterans see health care providers from VA as well as providers in the community outside of VA who need their health information to make more informed treatment decisions. Health information exchanges (HIEs) like VHIE are a common tool used across the health care industry to share this information, improve continuity of care, reduce duplicative tests, and avoid clinical error when patients see health care providers from these different practices or health care networks.

There are two ways for non-VA providers to participate in VHIE: VA Exchange and VA Direct messaging. Read on to learn more about how you or your organization can become a VHIE Participating Partner to safely and securely share Veteran health information.

VA Exchange

VA Exchange, powered by eHealth Exchange, enables bi-directional sharing of Veteran health information between VA and participating community providers. The information is exchanged over a secure network and includes medical history, allergies, medications, immunizations, problems and more.

For more information on how to participate, please see our VA Exchange Onboarding Flyer or contact the VA Exchange Team at VAExchangeInformation@va.gov to get started. Click here to see if your organization is already a VA Exchange partner.

VA Direct Messaging

VA Direct Messaging is a part of the DirectTrust network, which allows VA to securely send certain health information to and from authorized non-VA community providers. This secure platform supports direct, provider-to-provider communications and may be a good option for those providers who are not a part of a larger health care organization.

For more information on how community health care providers can send and receive Direct messages with VA, please see our Community Care Provider Fact Sheet or contact the VA Direct Messaging Team at VADirectInfo@va.gov to get started. Please note that community health care providers must have their own Direct Messaging system to send and receive Veteran health information via VA Direct Messaging. If you as a community health care provider need technical support regarding VA Direct Messaging, please contact VADirectSupport@va.gov.


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