VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA offers innovative new program
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) is pleased to offer the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program, a free and voluntary program available to all Veterans within our system of care. This innovative new program allows VA providers, federal partners, and private healthcare providers who are members of the nation-wide exchange to securely and quickly share select parts of the Veteran’s medical record for treatment purposes. The information is shared securely and privately over the internet using the eHealth Exchange.
“At times, Veterans receive care outside VA. A Veteran signed up for VLER can have parts of their medical record accurately shared with private healthcare providers within minutes and at the time of their care”, said Paula Cape, Veteran Health Information Exchange Coordinator/VLER Health, VA BHHCS. “Sharing information electronically between VA and private healthcare providers improves coordination and the overall quality of care our Veterans receive by having important information readily available”, she concluded. Types of shared health information includes: allergies, medications, immunizations, lab tests, and discharge summaries. For patients, this shared information provides a more complete and timely picture of their health and wellness and reduces the need for duplicate tests.
The VLER program is on the forefront of VA’s ongoing work to transform information sharing technology. “VA BHHCS is excited to be a part this effort to improve Veteran-centered care and access to the full continuum of services earned by our Veterans”, Cape added.
There are several fast and easy ways for Veterans to sign up for the program. It can be done online, through the mail, or in person. Veterans can locate forms and find more information about the program by accessing our website at http://www.blackhills.va.gov/services/VA_Black_Hills_Health_Care_System.asp . Veterans are also encouraged to visit the Release of Information Office at any VA Black Hills Health Care System facility to sign up in person.