Washington DC VA Medical Center
Connect Your Docs: VHIE
Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE) Overview
Wouldn’t it be great if all your health care providers could seamlessly and securely access the information they need to keep you healthy?
With VHIE, they can.
The Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), formerly known as the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), allows VA, participating community care providers and Veterans to securely share health information from a Veteran's health record electronically. VHIE gives your health care providers a more complete view of your health record to help them make more informed treatment decisions. Through VHIE, community providers who are a part of your care team can safely and securely receive your VA health information electronically. VA only shares your health information with participating community providers via VHIE when they are treating you.
Do you see a non-VA health care provider?
'Connect Your Docs' by sharing certain parts of your Veteran's health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and selected private health care providers over a secure network known as the eHealth Exchange (eHE). This program is free and voluntary for the Veteran.
How might VHIE Health benefit me?
Many Veterans receive a portion of their care from non-VA health care providers. Sharing certain parts of your electronic health record (EHR) will help reduce the need for patients and families to carry records between health care providers. It will also allow your private health care provider to make informed decisions about your care.
What parts of the record will be shared?
When you sign a VHIE Authorization form, your VA and non-VA providers will be able to view your shared health information. This includes a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, some labs, discharge summaries, medical history, physicals, procedure results, encounters and progress notes.
What is the difference between VHIE and My HealtheVet?
VHIE Health allows health care providers to share health information with DoD and select non-VA care providers. My HealtheVet provides you access to your health information as well as tools to manage your care.
How do I enroll?
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.
For information on Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center ROI, visit: https://www.washingtondc.va.gov/patients/roi.asp
For more information about VHIE, please visit: https://www.va.gov/vhie/