Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record health program aims to improve continuity of care for Veterans

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 23:46 PM.

PENSACOLA, Fla.– The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and specific community-based medical facilities in Northwest Florida have partnered together to share a limited amount of electronic Veteran patient data securely through the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record health program.

Veterans who receive care from VA and specific community-based medical facilities in Northwest Florida that have joined the Pensacola Health Information Exchange have to voluntarily opt-in VLER to take advantage of the program’s benefits.  Those benefits include reducingthe need for Veterans and families to carry records between health care providers, and allowing their private health care provider to make informed decisions about their care by having access to other medical data, such as a list of health problems, allergies, medications, vital signs, immunizations, and some laboratory test results.

 

A Veteran’s entire health record is not shared through VLER.  However, more information will be shared as the program grows, including doctor’s notes and discharge summaries.  The authorization will be in effect for five years, and Veterans can “opt-out” of VLER at any time.

Below is a list of community-based providers who are participating in the Pensacola HIE and will be able to share Veteran patient data with VA (subject to change):

·       Baptist Hospital

·       Baptist Medical Group



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