VA and Cleveland Clinic will provide access to each other’s EHRs

VA and Cleveland Clinic will provide access to each other’s EHRs

Starting this month, the Cleveland Clinic and the U.S.Veterans Administration will be offering each other full access to each institution's electronic health records. 

Crain's Cleveland Business Journal reported that almost 2,000 veterans receive medical care from both institutions, so opening up records will make it easier for doctors at both locations to get the information they need to provide proper assistance. It will also make it simpler for physicians from each organization to communicate, potentially collaborating on life-saving diagnoses or treatment plans. 

HIT Consultant noted that the VA has recently been trying to get hospitals around the country to open their EHRs in a similar fashion. The official name of the information-sharing initiative is the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program, and its main goal is to provide vets with the best care possible. Since many former soldiers get medical attention from both VA facilities and other doctors, the program aims to make their care procedures as easy as possible. Without VLER, vets need to submit requests for their files, receive paper copies and make sure they arrive at whichever physician needed them. EHR sharing, however, eliminates this tedious process and greatly improves workflow.