United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program

Are you receiving medical care outside the VA? 

In addition to the VA and the Department of Defense (DoD), are you receiving health care from Essentia Health or other health care facilities in the Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis. area? 

If so, you can sign up to participate in the Twin Ports roll-out of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Program.

If you receive health care from facilities in the Twin Cities area, you will be able to participate in VLER Health beginning late Fall 2011.

What is VLER?

The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health is a new program that shares select parts of a Veterans’ medical record electronically, safely, and privately with other approved health care facilities that are members of a secure Internet network known as the Nationwide Health Information Network. 

The VLER Health program pioneers the exchange of information between different health care systems. It is a very important step into the future of health care.

How to sign up?

Signing up is easy.  You may sign up in person or through mail:

In person:

  • Twin Ports Veterans can drop their form off at the main desk or ROI desk in the Twin Ports VA Clinic.
  • Drop off the completed form at the Release of Information Office, Basement - Room 105, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

By mail:

Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Release of Information
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

For more information about the VLER Health program in the Twin Ports area or Minneapolis, call toll-free:
1-877-771-VLER (8537)

Benefits to Veterans who participate in the VLER Health Program

With VLER Health, doctors will have more information available, and this will improve the quality of health care they provide.

Before VLER Health, when a VA doctor needed medical records from outside the VA, it often took weeks of waiting for the paper records to arrive. Those paper records could contain important information like medications or allergies.

VLER Health allows electronic medical records to arrive in just seconds. Some of the information, for example medications and allergies, may be critical to patient safety. Because doctors will have more information available, it will improve the quality.

The VA is currently sharing the following medical information with VLER Health approved providers:

  • Allergies
  • Health Problems
  • Outpatient Medications
  • Some Blood Test Results (Chemistry and Hematology)
  • Vital Signs
  • Immunizations
  • Doctors' Notes
  • Consults / Referrals
  • Discharge Summaries



VLER Health - photo of doctor and patient


  VA Form 10-0485
 (Release of Information)
 Verification Form 

pdf icon  Invitation Letter 

pdf icon  VLER Brochure (pdf) 


VLER Partners: 

Essentia Health*

Department of Defense*

Veterans Affairs