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Boise VA Medical Center

 

Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program

Are you receiving medical care outside the VA?

In addition to the VA, do you receive health care from the Department of Defense (DoD) or other local Idaho and/or Oregon health care 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 new program that shares select parts of a Veterans’ medical record electronically, safely, and privately with other approved health care facilities that are members of a secure Internet network known as the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).  The VLER Health program pioneers the exchange of information between different health care systems. It is a very important step into the future of health care.

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 care and safety. Because doctors will have more information readily available, it will improve the quality of care that they provide to our Veterans.  Participation is voluntary and free.

How to sign up?

Signing up is easy. You may sign up in person or through mail (see links on this page):

In person:
Download and fill-out the VA Authorization Form (VA Form 10-0485) 
Drop off the completed form to the Release of Information desk (cubicle #1) at the Boise VA Medical Center, Office of Enrollment and Eligibility (Bldg. 85A)

By mail or fax:
Download and fill-out the VA Authorization Form (VA Form 10-0485) 
Mail or fax completed form (VA Form 10-0485) to:
Boise VA Medical Center
Attn: ROI-VLER
500 W. Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702
Fax:  (208) 422-1244

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 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.

VLER Frequently Asked Questions:

Is my information secure?
Yes.  VLER Health shares certain parts of your health record over a secure network known as the eHealth Exchange (eHE).  This network was designed to ensure that patient’s health information is secure and confidential.

I only receive care from the VA, so why should I participate?
Unfortunately, accidents and unforeseen events happen.  When they do, the Boise VA Medical Center might not be the closest hospital for emergency care.  In an emergency, immediate access to any additional health care information could save your life. 

Who will view my health information?
Health care givers that are participating in the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) will be able to see your health care information and use it to create a better picture of your overall health.
If you would like more information about the IHDE please visit their website by clicking here. 

Is all of my health information shared?
No, at this time only select parts of your record from the VA are shared, like: allergies, medications, immunizations, problem list, vital signs, procedures, encounters. The VA plans to continue to add more information in the future, we hope by sharing your health information we are able to create a better picture of your overall health and improve your care.

What if I decide to stop sharing my Health Information?
That’s no problem.  There is a revocation form (VA Form 10-0484) that you fill out and return to your VAMC to stop sharing your health information.

Do I have to sign up for both the Idaho Health Data Exchange and VLER Health?

Restrict Disclosure of Health Information
Download the Form (instructions are included on the form)

If you've chosen to Restrict Disclosure of Health Information through the IHDE, download the form, print, complete, and mail it to the IHDE (address is listed on the form).  Once your request is received at the IHDE, allow 7-10 business days for it to be processed.  Please know that if you see a participating provider before your request has been completed, your health information will still be available for the physician to view.

FAQ’s Idaho Health Data Exchange Page:
http://idahohde.org/dsite/node/35

Specific information about ‚ÄúOpt-Out‚ÄĚ from the IHDE:

http://www.idahohde.org/dsite/node/32

 

If you have an eBenefits Premium Account you can sign up directly or create a Premium Account.

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal?_nfpb=true&_nfxr=false&_pageLabel=PatientAuthVAPCPP 

The VA will be able to share the following medical information with VLER Health approved providers

(not a complete list):
Allergies
Surgical History
Medications
Some Laboratory Results (Chemistry and Hematology)
Medical Conditions
Discharge Summaries
Immunizations
Procedure Notes

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

For more information about the VLER Health program at the Boise VA Medical Center call: (208) 422-1010, (208) 422-1225, or (208) 422-1000 ext. 7586