Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)
Electronic Sharing Options
In accordance with the VA MISSION Act of 2018, VA changed its policy for electronic health information sharing to give your participating provider organizations a more complete view of your health. On April 17, 2020, VA seamlessly and securely began share your VA health information with participating provider organizations who are a part of your care team. VA shares your electronic health information with the Department of Defense (DoD), State Health Information Exchange (HIEs), and participating provider organizations, when they are treating you.
You do not need to take any action for VA to start coordinating your care more seamlessly so that you have a better, safer experience. If you do not want your care team to receive your information via VHIE, you may opt out of electronic sharing.
How do I opt out?
If you would prefer that VA not share your health information electronically, you must complete and submit VA Form 10-10164 to your facility’s Release of Information Office (ROI). You may also submit this form online via My HealtheVet.
Please Note: If you have not already done so, you will need to upgrade your My HealtheVet account to Premium status in order to securely submit these forms. Visit My HealtheVet to learn more.
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. However, if you opt out, your community providers may not receive your medical records before you receive treatment. This may put you at risk. Additionally, if you visit any emergency room, your information may still be shared via VHIE so that you can receive the care you need.
Can I opt back in?If you previously opted out but want to resume secure, seamless sharing, you may do so at any time by completing VA Form 10-10163 (also available in My HealtheVet).
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 VHAVHIEPublicAffairs@va.gov.
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