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Posted on: August 31, 2019

[ARCHIVED] VA Health Information Sharing with Community Providers--opt in/out

VA is changing electronic health information sharing options to improve care coordination and continuity of care

VA electronically shares the right information at the right time with participating community care providers who treat you, in order to help you and your health care team make the most informed treatment decisions. This instant exchange of information can dramatically improve patient safety, especially during emergency situations.

VA is committed to protecting Veteran privacy. 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.

VA will not begin opting all Veterans into health information sharing until January 2020. 

Veterans can request to opt out of the program by completing Form 10-10164 and mailing or hand carrying it to their local VAMC’s Release of Information office.

Learn more and download the form at:

View a short, informational video here:

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