Butler VA Health Care System
Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record
Do You See a Non-VA 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 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 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. It also will allow your private health care provider to make informed decisions about your care.
What parts of the record will be shared?
Health care providers will see a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, and some laboratory test results. While we cannot share the entire health record, more information will be shared as the program grows, including doctor’s notes, discharge summaries, etc.
How do I join?
Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up in person, through the mail, or online.
- In Person: Visit the Release of Information Offices (ROI) of VA Butler Healthcare located at the main campus in Butler, PA; or outpatient clinic locations in Armstrong, Southern Butler (Cranberry Township), Clarion, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties.
- By Mail: Download and fill out the VA Authorization Form (VA Form 10-0485). Mail the authorization form to: VA Butler Healthcare, Release of Information (Mail Stop 34); 353 North Duffy Road, Butler, PA 16001. Or, you may fax the authorization form to: VA Butler Healthcare VLER, Fax#: 878-271-6573
- Online: If you are a Level 2-authenticated (e.g. Premium account holder) eBenefits user, signing up is fast and easy. Just follow the steps below:
1. Login to your eBenefits account (www.ebenefits.va.gov) and click "Manage Health"
2. Scroll to the Health Records row, and click "VA Health Record Sharing"
3. Click "Manage My Authorizations and Preferences" on the "Welcome to VLER Health, Manage My Authorizations and Preferences" page. Please note, if you have not previously authorized or your authorization has expired, you should see “You have not currently authorized the release of your protected health information to non-VA health care providers.”
4. Click “Start Authorization” on the “Authorize Access to Your Health Records” page to start the authorization process.
5. Read the “Agreement to Terms & Conditions.” If you accept the terms and conditions, click “Yes.” Please note, you must click “Yes” to continue.
6. On the Request for and Authorization to Release Protected Health Information to eHealth Exchange page, scroll down and click: “Save and Continue.”
7. In the To submit your authorization, check the box and select sign window, “Check the Box” and click “Sign.”
8. The DS Logon page will reappear for you. Enter your DS Logon username and password and click “Reauthenticate.” (This next step may take a couple of minutes to process).
*When successful in authorizing for the sharing of your health information, the following message will appear (in a large green box): “VA will share your electronic health information immediately upon request through the eHealth Exchange based on your authorization.”*
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 Health Exchange. This will not affect your benefits or your relationship with your doctor and/or VA Butler Healthcare.
What if I join and later change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can visit your VA Butler Healthcare website for a VLER Revocation (Stop Sharing) Form (VA Form 10-0484) or call the toll-free VLER Health Information line at 1-877-771-VLER (8537) to request a form to stop sharing your health information.
To learn more about VLER, check out the VLER Health Fact Sheet.