Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Initiative
As part of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health initiative, the Military Health System has joined the eHealth Exchange to electronically share health information securely, effectively and efficiently with our federal and private sector partners. By sharing through the eHealth Exchange, your health care providers have a more complete view of your health record and can help you make the best decisions for your health. Plus, you won’t need to carry copies of your health records when you seek care from partner providers.
What is the VLER initiative?
The VLER initiative connects different health and benefit information systems from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other federal and private sector partners. VLER Health securely shares your health information between participating healthcare providers who have joined the eHealth Exchange.
What information is shared through the eHealth Exchange?
Through the eHealth Exchange, your health care providers can share information, such as:
- Lab and radiology results
- Past medical procedures
Whose information is shared?
Currently, VLER Health is available at limited locations for active duty service members and veterans. This service has been expanded to family members who receive care at the following clinics:
- Madigan Army Medical Center: Family Medicine (Falcon team) and Internal Medicine (Maple and Evergreen teams)
- Naval Medical Center at San Diego, Balboa: Branch Clinic Kearney Mesa
For more information about this expanded service at these clinics, read the VLER Health Brochure.
How can I participate in VLER Health?
If you get care at the clinics listed above, you are already part of VLER Health. You won’t need to do anything else to ensure your health information is shared between participating health care providers.
Watch the VLER video to learn more.
Do I have to participate?
Active duty service members must participate. If you are not an active duty service member, you may choose not to participate in VLER Health. If you don’t want to participate, please visit your local military hospital or clinic to opt out. If you decide to opt out, health care providers may not have access to your medical information, even in an emergency.
What if I change my mind?
If you choose to opt out and then change your mind, you can request to opt back in to the VLER Health. Most people see the benefits of sharing their medical information with health care providers.