About VHIE - Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)
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Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)


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About VHIE

The Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), formerly known as, the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program.  This program allows VA, participating Community Care Providers, and Veterans to securely share health information from a Veteran’s health record electronically.  This health information data is exchanged through the eHealth Exchange.

What is VHIE?

Many Veterans see VA and participating community care providers. This can make it difficult for providers to access the records they need to manage a Veteran’s care. By sharing a Veteran’s health information electronically, VA and participating community care providers are better able to coordinate and improve the overall quality of care for our Veterans.

VHIE has two tools for sharing health information between VA and trusted community care providers:

  • VA Exchange (VLER Health Exchange) is a program to help “Connect Your Docs” by enabling VA and participating community care providers to securely access certain Veteran health information electronically using the eHealth Exchange. The eHealth Exchange is a secure, trusted internet exchange.  
  • VA Direct Messaging (VLER Direct) allows VA providers to send select information (e.g., referrals) about a Veteran’s health care to a community care provider using a secure tool similar to email.

VA Exchange

VA and your participating community care providers can securely view certain Veteran health information through the eHealth Exchange. VA health information shared with community care providers includes:

  • A list of health problems
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Vital signs
  • Immunizations
  • Chemistry and hematology reports
  • Discharge summaries
  • Medical history
  • Records of physicals
  • Procedure results (e.g., X-ray reports)
  • Progress notes

VA providers can view similar information from your participating community care providers via the eHealth Exchange.

VA Direct Messaging

VA Direct Messaging allows VA providers to send select information (e.g., referrals) about a Veteran’s health care to a participating community care provider, enabling VA clinicians to better coordinate care for the Veteran.

How do I learn more about VA Exchange or VA Direct Messaging?

I am a Veteran

It only takes a few minutes to learn how VA Exchange can simplify your health care. 

I am a Community Health Provider

Learn more about becoming a VA Exchange partner via the eHealth Exchange
Learn more about becoming a VA Direct Messaging partner