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VLER reduces the need to request and carry paper records from one provider to another

VLER reduces the need to request and carry paper records from one provider to another

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program gives VA and non-VA health care providers secure access to certain parts of your electronic health record. This access reduces the need for Veterans and their families to request and carry paper medical records from one health care provider to another, and provides other potential benefits to Veterans and their providers.

If you visit non-VA health care providers (click for the current list of participating non-VA health care providers), participating in VLER Health Exchange makes it easier for your team of health care providers to coordinate and manage care. With VLER Health Exchange, VA and non-VA health care providers can securely share certain parts your health record electronically.

That means both your VA and non-VA health care providers can securely access information on your allergies, health problems, medications, and more. This should help you and your health care providers, avoid the need to fax, mail or carry paper health records from one provider to another.

It also means VA and non-VA health care providers can access more of your key health care information in near real time, instead of days or weeks — enabling them to quickly make informed decisions that result in better care. Participating in VLER Health also may:

  • Reduce the need for you to carry paper records.
  • Give your provider immediate access to more of your health care information.
  • Reduce your chances of having duplicate procedures done.
  • Increase your safety by providing a more complete medical record, such as a list of your medications and allergies.
  • Save you time and money.
  • Improve your health outcomes by empowering you.

Learn more about VLER Health Exchange through our FAQ.


VA is committed to protecting your privacy. Both VLER Health Exchange and VLER Health Direct use secure technologies for information sharing between VA and non-VA providers. Only non-VA health care providers and organizations that have partnership agreements with VA and are part of VA’s approved, trusted network may receive VLER Health information.



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