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The more information your health care providers have about your medical history, the better. In fact, the instant exchange of information made possible by VHIE can dramatically improve patient safety, especially during emergency situations. Sharing your health information via VHIE can also help you avoid carrying paper copies of your health record back and forth between providers.

By VAPORHCS
Thursday, June 18, 2020

What is VHIE?

VHIE gives your health care providers a more complete view of your health record to help them make more informed treatment decisions. Through VHIE, community providers who are a part of your care team can safely and securely receive your VA health information electronically.

VA only shares your health information with community providers via VHIE when they are treating you.

What is changing?

The VA MISSION Act of 2018 removes certain restrictions on electronic health information sharing, which enables VA to seamlessly and securely share your health information with community providers who are a part of your care team. This change will take effect April 17, 2020. Previously, you had to complete a form to opt in or elect to share your personal health information via VHIE.

You 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. If you opt out, your community providers may not receive your medical records before you receive treatment. This could put you at risk.

Is sharing my health information via VHIE safe?

VA is committed to protecting your privacy. VHIE is a secure system that complies with all federal privacy laws. Only community health care providers and organizations that are a part of VA’s approved, trusted network may receive your health information. Additionally, all VA and community care providers work to protect your health information and only share the appropriate information when
it is needed.

What kinds of health information can be shared via VHIE?

Currently VA and participating providers can share a variety of health information including:
 • Prescriptions and medications
• Allergies
• Illnesses
• Laboratory and radiology results
• Immunizations
• Procedures 
• Clinical notes
• Other relevant medical information 

How do I opt out?

If you would prefer that VA not share your health information electronically, you must complete and submit VA Form 10-10164 to your facility’s Release of Information Office (ROI). You may also submit this form online via My HealtheVet.
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 also opt back in at any time by completing VA Form 10-10163.

What happens if I opt out?

Choosing to opt out will not affect your access to care from community providers. However, it could impact their ability to treat you effectively because they may not be able to receive paper copies of your record before you receive treatment.

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