St. Cloud VA Health Care System
Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program
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.
I only recieve care from the VA, so why should I participate?
Unfortunately, accidents and unforeseen events happen. When they do, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System might no 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?
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 to join?
Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up online, through the mail, by fax, or in person.
Online: Visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov and complete the following steps:
1. Click on ACCESS MY DOCUMENTS at the top of the page.
2. Scroll down to the Health section and click MANAGE MY AUTHORIZATIONS AND PREFERENCES (VLER).
3. At the bottom of the page click on SHARE YOUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION WITH NON-VA HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.
4. Highlighted on this page you will find the Authorization form, the "Stop Sharing" form and a list of participating VA Medical Centers.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL COMPLETED FORMS.
In person: Visit the Release of Information Office (ROI) at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center or the nearest CBOC to fill out the VA Authorization form (VAForm10-0485)
By Mail: Download and fill out the VA Authorization form VA Authorization form (VAForm 10-0485)
Mail the completed Authorization form to:St. Cloud VA Health Care SystemATTN: Release of Information Office4801 Veterans DriveSt. Cloud, MN 56303
By Fax: Fax the VA Authorization to: (320) 255-6488
What if I decide not to join?
Particpation 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 the St. Cloud VA Health Care System.
What if I join and later change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can vivis the St. Cloud VA Health Care System's Release of Information Office or download and complete the VA Revocation Form (VAForm 10-0484). You may then mail or fax this form to the address and number above. You can also call the toll-free VLER Health Information line at 1-877-VLER (8537) to request the VLER Revocation form to stop sharing your health information.
If you would like to see which non-VA healthcare facilities are participating in this program, please visit the following website: http://www.va.gov/VLER/vler-health-your-area.asp.
Call the toll-free VLER Health Information line:
- Release of Information Office Bldg. 29 Room 14
Hours of Operation
- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.