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Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program

Are you receiving medical care outside VA?

In addition to VA, do you receive healthcare from the Department of Defense (DoD) or other local Utah healthcare facilities?  If so, you are eligible to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program.

What is VLER?

Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health is a program that shares select portions of a Veterans’ medical record electronically, safely, and privately with other approved healthcare facilities that are members of a secure Internet network known as eHealth Exchange. VLER Health program pioneers the exchange of information between different healthcare systems. It is a very important step into the future of healthcare.

 

Benefits to Veterans who participate in the VLER Health Program

Before VLER Health, when a VA doctor needed medical records from a Community Provider outside VA, it often took weeks of waiting for the paper records to arrive. VLER Health does the same thing in just seconds. Some of the information, for example current lists of medications and allergies, may be critical to patient care and safety. Because participating doctors have more information readily available, the quality of care that they provide to our Veterans is often enhanced.  Participation on the part of any Veteran is voluntary and free.

How to sign up?

Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up online, through the mail, by fax, or in person.

Online: Visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov and complete the following steps:

Under the MANAGE HEALTH, click to select “SHARE YOUR VA MEDICAL RECORDS.”

  • If you are an eBenefits user with an authenticated Premium account:
    • Click to select “Login to Manage My Authorizations and Preferences” and follow the instructions to log in and sign the authorization.
  • If you are not a Premium account holder:
    • Click to select “Share your Electronic Health Information with Non-VA Health Care Providers”
    • Click to select the “VLER Authorization Form” link (to print a copy of the form)
    • Complete and sign the form and return it to the Salt Lake City Release of Information (ROI) office in person, by fax, or U.S. mail.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL COMPLETED FORMS TO THE VAMC

By Mail: Download and print the VA Authorization (VA Form 10-0485) from our internet site.  Fill out the form.
Mail the completed form to:      VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
                                               Attn: 136ROI-VLER
                                               500 Foothill Drive
                                               Salt Lake City, Utah 84148

By Fax: Fax the VA Authorization to: (801)584-2518.

In Person: Visit the Release of Information Office (ROI) or Library at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Fill out the available VA Authorization (VA Form 10-0485) and turn it in to ROI or Library staff.

What if I join and later change my mind? 

If you change your mind, you can visit your local VA healthcare facility’s Release of Information Office or download and complete the VA Revocation Form (VA Form 10-0484).  You may then mail or fax this form to the address and number above.

If you would like to see which non-VA healthcare facilities are participating in this program, please visit the following website: www.va.gov/vler/vler-health-your-area.asp  

VA will be able to share the following medical information with VLER Health approved providers (not a complete list):

 

  • Advanced Directives Allergies
  • Problems List
  • Surgical History
  • Medications
  • Some Laboratory Results (Chemistry and Hematology)
  • Encounters (Outpatient)
  • Medical Conditions
  • History & Physical Notes
  • Consult Notes
  • Plan of Care
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Immunizations
  • Procedure Notes

In the future, other documents may be added and made available for sharing between VA and participating VLER Health providers further enhance care for our Veterans.

For more information about the VLER Health program in Salt Lake City, call:

(877) 771-VLER (8537)

 
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Forms:

VA Authorization Form 
VA Revocation Form (Stop Sharing) 

Information:

VLER Health Fact Sheet 

Media Coverage:

VLER on TV 
VLER on the Radio *

* This link will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites. The link will open in a new window.