VLER


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VLER

(Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record) An initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Administration (VA) that provides a common electronic health record (EHR) for military personnel that remains with the person for life even in the private sector. The VLER project uses the National Health Information Network (NHIN) protocols. See NHIN and healthcare IT.
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The work being done here in Western New York through the VLER Program and others, like the Beacon Community, is contributing to the advancement of health technology across the country.
The success of the VLER program confirms that the objective of improving care with secure, universal access to important healthcare information is within reach - not only for practices that deliver services to veterans and military personnel, but for every healthcare organization that would benefit from access to complete medical histories and the ability to seamlessly coordinate care.
Harris leveraged the open-source Nationwide Health Information Network CONNECT Gateway to support INHS with integration, configuration, interface development and testing efforts in order to meet VLER project milestones.
We are honored to work with Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and health providers, building on the success of other VLER pilots, to offer our community's active duty Servicemembers and Veterans an even more efficient health information delivery system," said Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS.
The company's work with the VLER initiative will involve supporting at least ten complementary health-related IT programs which are being brought under a single management structure.
In April 2009, President Obama tasked the DoD and VA with creating a fully interoperable Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) system and announced that the VLER "will ultimately contain administrative and medical information from the day an individual enters military service throughout their military career and after they leave the military.
Topics of discussion at IDGA's 2010 Electronic Health Records Summit will include the current status of the military's EHR implementation, plot a roadmap ahead for our federal/nationwide initiatives for EHRs and a VLER, and discuss current "case studies" including the MAPS Initiative, the North Chicago VA/DoD Integration Site, and NYS's EHR/ Health IT programs, and explore the future roadmap of the VLER.
The discussions will also include the underlying theme of how the work with a VLER and VA/DoD efforts thus far will correlate with the administration's recent request for nationwide EHR systems to be implemented.