United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA San Diego Healthcare System

Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program

The VA San Diego Healthcare System is partnering with the San Diego Beacon Community to improve the quality of health care delivered to San Diego area residents, by using health information technology. 

If you are receiving health care from the Department of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, UC San Diego Health System, or another local health care facility, then you may benefit by signing up to participate in the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program.


What is VLER?

The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program pioneers the exchange of information between health care systems that are members of a secure Internet network known as the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). Through the VLER Health program, select parts of your medical record can be shared electronically, safely, and privately with other approved health care facilities where you have received treatment.


How to sign up?

Signing up is easy.  You may sign up in person, by mail, or through the eBenefits web portal:

In person:

By mail:

VA San Diego Healthcare System
Attn: Release of Information Office
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Fax: (858) 642-6414

eBenefits web portal (for Premium Account Holders only):

  • Complete the form electronically if you are an eBenefits Premium Account Holder, or has enrolled in My HealtheVet and is “In Person Authenticated.” 


What if I join and later change my mind?

If you change your mind, you can visit your local VA health care facility’s Release of Information Office (1st Floor - Room 1496), or download and complete the VA Revocation Form (VA Form 10-0484).  You may then mail or fax this form to the address and number above.


Do I have to sign another form besides VA Form 10-0485 authorizing me to share my health information?

Enrollment in VLER Health allows the VA to share your health information with private health care providers in the community.  In order for other facilities to share your health information with the VA, you may be asked to sign a form by the participating health care facilities within the San Diego Beacon Community.

To find out more about the San Diego Beacon Community, please click here.

* The preceding information is provided for your convenience only. VHA is not responsible for enrolling Veterans into the NwHIN for the San Diego Beacon. Completion of the UCSD consent form is not required to participate in the VA NwHIN.  Clicking on the San Diego Beacon link will take you to a non-VA site for which the VA is not responsible.


For more information about the VLER Health program in San Diego, call:
(877) 771-VLER (8537)

Benefits to Veterans who participate in the VLER Health Program

Before VLER Health, when a VA doctor needed medical records from outside the VA, it often took weeks of waiting for the paper records to arrive. VLER Health does the same thing in just seconds. Some of the information, for example medications and allergies, may be critical to patient safety. Because doctors will have more information available, it will improve the quality of care that they provide to our Veterans.


The VA is currently sharing the following medical information with VLER Health approved providers:

  • Allergies
  • Health Problems
  • Outpatient Medications
  • Some Blood Test Results (Chemistry and Hematology)
  • Vital Signs
  • Immunizations

In the future, other documents such as doctor’s notes and discharge summaries will be available for sharing between the VA and participating VLER Health providers.

 

 



Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) 

Related Links:

 

pdf icon  VA Form 10-0485 (Release of Information) 
pdf icon  Verification Form 
pdf icon  VA Form 10-0484 (Revocation for Release of Individually Identifiable Health Information)