VA Black Hills Health Care System
Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Program - VLER
Do You See a Private Health Care Provider?
VLER Health may benefit you! VLER Health is a program that shares certain parts of your Veteran's health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and selected private health care providers over a secure and confidential network known as the eHealth Exchange (eHE). This program is free and voluntary for the Veteran.
How might VLER Health benefit me?
Many Veterans receive a portion of their care from private health care providers; either on a co-managed care basis or due to need for emergency care. VLER Health allows private providers, who are members of the eHealth Exchange, to view certain parts of your VA medical records more quickly to make timely and informed decisions about your care.
I only receive care from the VA, so why should I participate?
Unfortunately, accidents and unforeseen events happen. When they do, theVA Black Hills Health Care System might not be the closest hospital for emergency care. In an emergency, immediate access to additional health care information could save your life.
What parts of the record will be shared?
Private health care providers will see a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, chemistry, hematology, discharge summaries, history, physicals, procedure results, encounters, results, and progress notes.
How do I join?
Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up online, through the mail, or in person.
1. Online: Simply visit: www.va.gov/VLER
2. By Mail: Download and fill out the VA Authorization (VA Form 10 -0485), this form is located in the upper right hand corner of this page in the Resource section.
|Fax to the following location:||
|or Mail the Authorization form to:||VA Black Hills Health Care System|
|Release of Information Bus-32-HS|
|500 North 5th Street|
|Hot Springs, SD 57447|
3. In Person: Simply visit the Release of Information Offices (ROI) at the Hot Springs VMC, the Ft. Meade VAMC, or Community Based Outpatient Clinic locations at Gordon or Scottsbluff, NE; Newcastle, WY; Eagle Butte, McLaughlin, Mission, Pine Ridge, Pierre, Rapid City, or Winner, SD. Fill out the VA Authorization (VA Form 10-0485) and turn it in to your local VAMC Release of Information office.
What if I decide not to join?
Participation is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to join VLER, we will not share your health information with private health care providers using the eHealth Exchange. This will not affect your benefits or your relationship with your doctor and/or the Black Hills Health Care System.
What if I join and later change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can visit your VA Black Hills Health Care System 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 Revocation form to stop sharing your health information.
If you would like to learn more about VLER please refer to the VLER Fact Sheet in the Resource section above on the right.
If you would like to see which private health care facilities are participating in this program, please visit the following website:
Call the toll-free VLER Health Information line:
- VA Black Hills
Hours of Operation
- 24 hours a day