Evaluation of VLER-Indiana Health Information Exchange Demonstration Project (VLER-IHIE)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Indiana University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: April 27, 2011
Last updated: November 13, 2014
Last verified: November 2014

Three out of four Veterans receive a portion of their care from non-VA providers. On April 9, 2009, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to create the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER). On August 2010, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki visited Indianapolis, and after visiting with leaders from the VA HSR&D Center of Excellence and the Regenstrief Institute, he made the following public comments regarding the latest partnership between the two institutions: "This new technology allows safer, more secure, and private access to electronic health information which, in turn, enhances our ability to continue providing Veterans with the quality care that they have earned."

This new technology refers to the VLER HEALTH program that the Indianapolis VA is now implementing in partnership with the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). This VA-IHIE demonstration project is intended to create the capacity for VA institutions to exchange health information with community partners.

Investigators from the VA HSR&D Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice are active collaborators in building and implementing this program. The VA-IHIE program provides the bi-directional exchange of health information between VA and non-VA providers. Based on our pilot study of linked VA-IHIE data, investigators are conducting an evaluation of the impact of the VA-IHIE demonstration project upon health care quality and cost of Veterans by taking advantage of the initiation of the implementation as a natural experiment.

Primary Prevention
Diabetes Mellitus
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Failure
Mental Health

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Evaluation of VLER_Indiana Health Information Exchange Demonstration Project

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Health Care Quality: Ambulatory Care Performance Measures [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This study will measure the impact of HIE upon health care quality the underuse of ambulatory care services. Measurements of underuse before and after implementation will detect improvements in the quality of care. To measure underuse, the study employs a measurement set that is sensitive to the potential effects and feasible for electronic data capture. 15 measures have been chosen, falling in the areas of prevention, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, mental health and osteoporosis.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health Care Quality: Care Sensitive Admissions [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This study will use AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators to calculate the outcome measure. The PQIs are a set of measures used with hospital inpatient data to identify ambulatory care sensitive conditions. The PQIs consist of 14 conditions. The study will adopt 12 that are commonly used for adult patients: angina, asthma, bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, dehydration, diabetes long-term complications, diabetes short-term complications, diabetes uncontrolled, hypertension, lower-limb amputation among diabetes patients, and urinary infection.

Enrollment: 6747
Study Start Date: December 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2015
Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Group 1
Patients in this arm will represent Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VAMC for whom information exchange has not been activated.
Group 2
Patients in this arm will represent Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VAMC for whom information exchange has been activated by the patient choosing to "opt-in."

Detailed Description:

This study will perform a pre-post evaluation of the VA-IHIE implementation, with a concurrent control group, among Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VA. Data on care received by Veterans will be obtained for one year before, and one year after, VA-IHIE enrollment. Patients will be recruited into the VA-IHIE program in a rolling manner over the course of a year, and thus will have different calendar intervals of follow-up. For purposes of evaluation, investigators will approach the VA-IHIE implementation as a patient-directed intervention given that additional information available from the exchange is available only on a patient-by-patient basis, i.e., a provider cannot use exchange information available for one patient in the care of another. Although the VA-IHIE program will be implemented at the site level, patients will be enrolled individually.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Veteran's receiving care at the Indianapolis VAMC


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veteran's receiving care at the Indianapolis VAMC at least one year prior and one year post VA-IHIE enrollment
  • Veteran's receiving care from a facility other than the Indianapolis VAMC one year prior and one year post VA-IHIE enrollment

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01446705

United States, Indiana
Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202-2884
Sponsors and Collaborators
Indiana University
Principal Investigator: David A Haggstrom, MD Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01446705     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 11-058
Study First Received: April 27, 2011
Last Updated: November 13, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on March 26, 2015