Data sharing improves access to health care - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center


Data sharing improves access to health care

photo Hampton VAMC workers
Friday, January 18, 2013

The Hampton VAMC is leading the way to improve patient care. Virtual Lifetime Electronic Records (VLER) is a program that all Veterans at the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) can take advantage of. The innovative medical data exchange program enables clinicians from the Hampton VAMC, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Bon Secours, to obtain a more comprehensive view of a Veteran's health records by sharing medical records electronically. 
The program provides a technology “gateway” to share health information between treating physicians, when authorized by a patient.  Clinicians from participating organizations can electronically, securely, and privately share authorized patient data, ensuring around-the-clock access to critical health information.

“VA providers are now able to quickly see certain medical tests and medicines that Veterans receive from outside providers,” said Dr. Janet Henderson. “This really helps providers provide better care by improving efficiency.”

The Hampton team has met their benchmark for Veteran enrollment during 2012.  The program is voluntary for Veterans who receive care that the Virginia Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), Albemarle Primary Outpatient Clinic (POC) and the Hampton VAMC.  Those who enroll will enable their doctors the ability to share specific health information electronically, safely, securely, and privately.
To learn more about how to enroll in the VLER program, go to and click on the blue box on the bottom of the page.  The program is free and easy to enroll.


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