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Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)

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Update Electronic Sharing Options

VHIE’s secure system eliminates the need to send paper medical records by mail or carry your records to appointments with participating external providers.

You are in control of how VA shares your electronic health information. There is no action you need to take for VA to start sharing your electronic health information. If you do not want VA to share your health information electronically, you may opt out at any time. If you previously opted out but want to resume secure and seamless sharing, you may opt back in.

VA does not share your health information with participating external providers unless they are treating you.

How do I opt out?

Below are three options for submitting the opt-out form (VA Form 10-10164):

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Option 1: By Mail

Mail the form to your nearest Release of Information (ROI) Office. Find the nearest VA Medical Center (VAMC) facility using the location tool.

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Option 2: In Person

Take the form to your nearest ROI Office in person.

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Option 3: Online

Simply fill out the form online at My HealtheVet (must be a Premium Account User).

If you opt out, your providers will not receive your electronic medical records in real-time, which would be used to better coordinate your care. This may put your care coordination at risk. There is no deadline to opt out and you may do so at any time. Choosing to opt out will not affect your access to care from community providers.

Can I opt back in?

If you previously opted out but want to resume secure and seamless sharing, you may do so at any time by completing VA Form 10-10163 and using one of the following methods: 1) mail the form to your nearest ROI Office, 2) take the form in person to the ROI Office, or 3) complete the form online using your My HealtheVet Premium Account. Find the nearest VA Medical Center (VAMC) facility using the location tool.


To learn more, view the VHIE Veteran factsheet or visit the VHIE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. For a complete listing of trusted organizations VA exchanges electronic health information with, visit the Find Participating Providers page.

Still have questions? Call the toll-free VHIE Information Line at 1-877-771-8537 Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. CST or feel free to email us at  


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