Your Choices

Your participation with HealthInfoNet is voluntary.

Your decision will not impact your ability to receive medical care, even if you opt-out. Each time that you visit a new participating medical provider, they are required to let you know that they are a member of HealthInfoNet and to present you with your participation options. This information is often included with your provider’s HIPAA privacy notice.

You have the following choices for sharing your information with providers that are using the HealthInfoNet system:

CHOICE: I want to share my information.

You don’t need to do anything. Your general medical information will be available to all participating providers. Some medical information related to HIV and mental health services will only be available in an emergency or if you tell your provider it’s okay during your visit.

CHOICE: I want to share all my medical information, including information related to HIV and mental health.

You will need to fill out a opt-in form available from your participating provider or HealthInfoNet. Once we receive this form, your HIV and/or mental health will be available to all your providers using HealthInfoNet.

**Please note: this form must be handed into your participating provider or in person at HealthInfoNet’s offices. If you are unable to do this, you may have the form notarized and mailed to us.

CHOICE: I want to share my mental health information, HIV information, or both with an individual provider only.

During your visit, tell your participating provider it’s ok to look at your mental health, HIV/AIDS information or both. It will be available for that one time only. You will need to give permission in each visit.

CHOICE: I no longer want to share my mental health information, HIV information, or both, through HealthInfoNet.

Fill out an opt-out form, or receive one from your participating provider’s office. If you prefer, you can print and mail the form to HealthInfoNet as well.

CHOICE: I don’t want to share any of my medical information through HealthInfoNet.

Fill out an opt-out form, or receive one from your participating provider’s office. If you prefer, you can print and mail the form to HealthInfoNet as well.

CHOICE: I opted out and now want to have my information included again.

Call HealthInfoNet or fill out the opt-in form.

CHOICE: I am a Veteran and want to opt-out of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Program so that my non-VA providers cannot see my VA medical information

Visit the VLER website to review your options. As of 2020, if you are a Veteran enrolled and receiving care at a VA medical center,  your documents will be automatically connected through the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE), also known as the VLER Program. This program gives VA and participating community care providers secure access to certain parts of your electronic health record. This access reduces the need for Veterans and their families to request and carry paper medical records from one health care provider to another. It also provides other potential benefits to Veterans and their providers.