The intent behind this change is to improve and simplify patient care when using private (non-VA) providers.
Starting April 17, 2020, your community providers who are in VA’s network and participate in the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE) will be able to securely and seamlessly access your VA electronic health information in order to care for you. Previously, you had to complete a form to authorize this electronic sharing.
This comes as a result of the launch of the VA MISSION Act this past June, when VA expanded Veterans’ access to non-VA health care providers through the community care program. But as VA’s network of authorized community providers grows, so does the need to make sure those providers have access to the health information they need to deliver decisions about your care.
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