Erie VA Medical Center
Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health
Do You See a Non-VA Health Care Provider?
VLER Health is a program that shares certain parts of your Veteran health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and selected private health care providers over a secure and confidential network known as the eHealth Exchange. This program is free and voluntary for Veterans.
How might VLER 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 as well as allow your private health care provider to make more informed decisions about your care. In an emergency, immediate access to additional health care information could save your life.
Who can view my health information?
Your non-VA health care provider specifically the Cleveland Clinic, and VA doctors will both be able to see certain parts of your health record and use it to create a better picture of your overall health. Other non-VA healthcare trusted partners will be coming soon.
How do I join?
Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up in person, through the mail, by fax, or online.
Online: You may visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov to register:
- Login and navigate to: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=record-sharing-through-vler
- Click on ACCESS MY DOCUMENTS at the top of the page
- Scroll down to the Health section & click MANAGE MY AUTHORIZATIONS AND PREFERENCES (VLER)
- At the bottom of the page click on SHARE YOUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION WITH NON-VA HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
- Highlighted on this page you will find the “VLER Authorization Form” (to share your medical information) and the “VLER Health Revocation Form”(to stop sharing your medical information)
- Print out and complete the Authorization form. Return it to your participating VAMC by fax, mail or in person
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL COMPLETED FORMS BACK TO THE VAMC
In Person: Simply visit one of the Release of Information Offices (ROI) at the Erie VA Medical Center main campus at 135 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504; or outpatient clinic locations in Ashtabula, Crawford, McKean, Venango, and Warren counties. Fill out the VA Authorization form (VA Form 10-0485) and turn it in at one of the ROI Offices.
By Mail: Download and fill out the VA Authorization Form (VA Form 10-0485). Mail the Authorization form to Erie VA Medical Center, Release of Information Office,135 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504
By Fax: Fax the VA Authorization to either: Erie VA Medical Center ROI Office (Fax# 814-860-2211).
What if I decide not to join?
Participation is entirely voluntary. Deciding not to participate will not affect your VLER Health benefits or your relationship with your doctor and/or the Erie VA Medical Center.
What if I join and later change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can visit your Erie VA Medical Center website for a VLER Revocation (Stop Sharing) Form or call the toll-free VLER Health Information line at 1-877-771-VLER (8537) to request the VLER Health Revocation form to stop sharing your health information.
Please visit our internet site at http://www.va.gov/VLER/ to download the forms and learn more about VLER Health.