Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center

 

Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER)

The VA Cincinnati is partnering with the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), and Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) to improve the quality of health care delivered to Cincinnati area residents, by using health information technology. If you are receiving health care from a non-VA health care provider in the Cincinnati, southern Indiana, or northern Kentucky area, then you may benefit by signing up to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program.

VLER Narrator talks about VLER


What is VLER?

The VLER Health program pioneers the exchange of information between health care systems that are members of a secure Internet network known as the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). Through the VLER Health program, select parts of your medical record can be shared electronically, safely, and privately with other approved health care facilities where you have received treatment.

How to sign up?

Signing up is easy. You may sign up in person, by mail, or through the eBenefits web portal:

In person:

  • Release of Information Form (VA Form 10-0485)
  • Drop off the completed form at the Release of Information Office, 1st Floor
    Near Eligibility and Billing, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

By mail:

• Download and fill-out:
  Release of Information Form (VA Form 10-0485)  
  Verification Worksheet (required if not coming in person to sign up)
• Mail completed forms (VA Form 10-0485 & Verification Worksheet

Attn:  Release of Information, MC 136B
         Cincinnati VA Medical Center
         3200 Vine Street
         Cincinnati, OH  45220
         Fax: (513) 475-6456

eBenefits web portal (for Premium Account Holders only):

• Log in to www.ebenefits.va.gov
• Complete the form electronically if you are an eBenefits Premium Account Holder, or has enrolled in My HealtheVet and is “In Person Authenticated.”

What if I join and later change my mind?

If you change your mind, you can visit your local VA health care facility’s Release of Information Office (1st Floor - Room 1496), 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.

Do I have to sign another form besides VA Form 10-0485 authorizing me to share my health information?

Enrollment in VLER Health allows the VA to share your health information with private health care providers in the community. In order for other facilities to share your health information with the VA, you may be asked to sign a form by the participating health care facilities within the (Cincinnati, Indiana, or Kentucky local areas).  If you would like to see which non-VA health care facilities are participating in this program, please visit the following web sites:

Indiana Health Information Exchange

Kentucky Health Information Exchange

Oregon Community Health Information Network

Benefits to Veterans who participate in the VLER Health Program

Before VLER Health, when a VA doctor needed medical records from outside the 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 medications and allergies, may be critical to patient safety. Because doctors will have more information available, it will improve the quality of care that they provide to our Veterans.

The VA is currently sharing the following medical information with VLER Health approved providers:

• Allergies
• Health Problems
• Outpatient Medications
• Some Blood Test Results (Chemistry and Hematology)
• Vital Signs
• Immunizations

In the future, other documents such as doctor’s notes and discharge summaries will be available for sharing between the VA and participating VLER Health providers.

Related Links:
• VA Form 10-0485 (Release of Information)
• Verification Worksheet
• VA Form 10-0484 (Revocation for Release of Individually Identifiable Health Information)
• VLER Webpage Factsheet

* The preceding information is provided for your convenience only. VHA is not responsible for enrolling Veterans into the NwHIN for the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Completion of the non-VA provider consent form is not required to participate in the VA NwHIN. Clicking on the above links will take you to non-VA sites for which the VA is not responsible.

For more information about the VLER Health program in Cincinnati, call: (877) 771-VLER (8537)

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Cincinnati VAMC
    ROI/HIMS, MC 136B

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-487-7050

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 9am-3pm