Fargo VA Health Care System
VHIE Improves Continuity of Care for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs Fargo VA Health Care System and Essentia Health have partnered together to electronically share Veteran health information securely through eHealth Exchange.
Veterans who receive care from VA and non-VA health care providers partnering with the VA can voluntarily opt-in to the Veterans Health Information Exchange (formerly known as Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, or VLER) to take advantage of the program’s benefits.
Veterans can opt-in by visiting http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-0485-fill.pdf, filling out the form, and mailing it to Fargo VA Health Care System, VLER 118th, 2101 Elm St N, Fargo, ND 58102. Veterans can also call the Fargo VA HCS Veterans Health Information Exchange Coordinator at (701) 232-3241 ext 2876.
The secure, electronic Veterans Health Information Exchange reduces the need for Veterans and their families to carry personal health records back and forth between VA and non-VA health care providers. The Veterans Health Information Exchange enhances quality of care by enabling non-VA health care providers to gain access to VA medical data such as a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, and some laboratory test results.
Currently, the entire Veteran health record cannot be exchanged electronically between VA and non-VA health care providers. However, as the Veterans Health Information Exchange progresses, additional health information will be shared including doctor’s notes and discharge summaries. Once completed, the Veteran’s authorization to share his/her health information shall be in effect for five years and can be renewed. Veterans can opt-out or discontinue the sharing of their health information at any time should they choose to do so.
For more information, call the Fargo VA HCS Veterans Health Information Exchange Coordinator at (701) 232-3241 ext 2876.