VLER Health Business Services Interoperability Specifications
The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Record (VLER) and the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), also called VLER Health Information Exchange, helps Care Coordinators manage Veteran healthcare. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Community Care healthcare providers and partners exchange Veteran health information with each other’s organizations using VHIE, which is an open architecture, standards-based approach to healthcare information exchange. VHIE provides a network of healthcare systems capable of exchanging information securely over the internet based on a common set of standards, specifications, and policies. Upon Veteran consent, the VHIE eHealth Exchange (eHX) enables the bi-directional sharing of VA and non-VA healthcare records.
Throughout this project, we have provided terminology expertise to establish functional and semantic interoperability. We provide Subject Matter Expertise (SME) to Integrated Product Teams (IPT) or Integrated Business Teams (IBTs) within the VA, and our terminology and business analysts plan and engage business owners to establish and document the “As Is” and “To Be” architectures and to validate technical specifications. Our SMEs also define integrated electronic health record terminology and interoperability requirements in support of eHealth Exchange, Direct Messaging, and other HIE standards, including FHIR, Security Labeling Service (SLS), and Direct protocol.
We also provide recommendations for pertinent standards and interoperability specifications for application to VLER Health products. We participate in and serve as liaisons between VA’s VLER Health and SDOs, and external partners to monitor initiatives and communications that could impact terminology, standards, interoperability, and VLER Health data exchange objectives and directions.