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Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE)
Wouldn’t it be great if all your health care providers could seamlessly and securely access the information they need to keep you healthy?
With VHIE, they can.
Health information exchanges (HIEs) are a common tool used across the health care industry to improve continuity of care, reduce duplicative tests, and avoid clinical error when patients see health care providers from different practices or networks. VHIE’s secure system also eliminates the need to send paper medical records by mail, or to carry your records to appointments with community providers.
To make VHIE sharing more seamless, VA is changing the rules for electronic health information sharing in accordance with the VA MISSION Act of 2018. Starting April 17, 2020, VA will be able to seamlessly and securely share your health information with community providers who are a part of your care team. Previously you had to complete a form to opt in or elect to share your personal health information via VHIE when you have an appointment with a community provider.
Seamless, secure sharing via VHIE means your care team will be able to:
- Better understand your health history and be able to focus more time on what is important to you.
- Develop safe, more effective treatment plans.
- Work together to keep you safe and improve your overall health.
VHIE Sharing OptionsYou do not need to take any action for VA to start coordinating your care more seamlessly so that you have a better, safer experience. If you do not want your care team to receive your information via VHIE, you may opt out of electronic sharing. There is no deadline to opt out and you may do so at any time. If you previously opted out but want to resume secure, seamless sharing, you may opt back in. Visit the VHIE Sharing Options page to learn more.
Privacy and VHIEVA is committed to protecting the privacy of all Veterans’ personal health information. VA only shares Veteran health information with specific community providers when a Veteran is seeking medical care. Only community providers and organizations that have partnership agreements with VA and are part of VA’s approved, trusted network may receive VA health information. VHIE, like all other VA health IT systems, complies with all federal patient privacy laws including, but not limited to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). You can find VA's full Notice of Privacy Practices here.
To learn more, view the VHIE Veteran factsheetor visit the VHIE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. For a complete listing of trusted organizations VA exchanges health information with, visit the VHIE Participating Providers page.