The DDS requests the evidence from medical sources needed to evaluate the claim. When
more than one development action is required, perform the actions concurrently. For
example, request evidence from all medical sources at the same time.
Consider methods to expedite development, such as:
Electronic evidence requests, such as Electronic Records Express (ERE) and Health
Information Technology (HIT).
NOTE: If requesting the claimant's assistance to obtain the evidence, provide the claimant
with a medical evidence request, a signed SSA-827, and a pre-addressed return envelope.
For information on developing evidence from foreign medical sources for non-citizens,
see DI 23515.005. For information on developing evidence from foreign medical sources for US citizens,
see DI 43510.005 and GN 00301.190.