[HEALTH.MIL] Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Initiative

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Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Initiative

As part of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health initiative, the
Military Health System has joined the eHealth Exchange to electronically share
health information securely, effectively and efficiently with our federal and
private sector partners. By sharing through the eHealth Exchange, your health
care providers have a more complete view of your health record and can help you
make the best decisions for your health. Plus, you won't need to carry copies of
your health records when you seek care from partner providers.

What is the VLER initiative?

The VLER initiative connects different health and benefit information systems
from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other
federal and private sector partners. VLER Health securely shares your health
information between participating healthcare providers who have joined the
eHealth Exchange.

Watch the video to learn more about the VLER initiative at


What information is shared through the eHealth Exchange?

Through the eHealth Exchange, your health care providers can share information,
such as:

.         Prescriptions 

.         Allergies 

.         Illnesses 

.         Lab and radiology results 

.         Past medical procedures 

Whose information is shared?

Currently, VLER Health is available at limited locations for active duty service
members and veterans. This service has been expanded to family members who
receive care at the following clinics: 

.         Madigan Army Medical Center: Family Medicine (Falcon team) and
Internal Medicine (Maple and Evergreen teams) 

.         Naval Medical Center at San Diego, Balboa: Branch Clinic Kearney Mesa 

For more information about this expanded service at these clinics, read the VLER
Health Brochure
R_brochure.pdf> .

How can I participate in VLER Health?

If you get care at the clinics listed above, you are already part of VLER
Health. You won't need to do anything else to ensure your health information is
shared between participating health care providers. 

Do I have to participate?

Active duty service members must participate. If you are not an active duty
service member, you may choose not to participate in VLER Health. If you don't
want to participate, please visit your local military hospital or clinic to opt
out. If you decide to opt out, health care providers may not have access to your
medical information, even in an emergency.

What if I change my mind?

If you choose to opt out and then change your mind, you can request to opt back
in to the VLER Health. Most people see the benefits of sharing their medical
information with health care providers.


Last Updated 11/25/2013

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