Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, Indiana law will require all death certificates to be electronically signed and submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). That means if you sign these certificates, you should register now to use the web-based Indiana Death Registration System (IDRS).
The ISDH urges everyone who signs death certificates to register for the new system by Dec. 1, 2010, to allow time for processing.
The IDRS will be more secure and efficient and will electronically notify doctors when a document is ready to sign. Other benefits of the new system include the ability to:
Electronically file and sign death records with local and state registrars
Allow decedent fact-of-death and cause-of-death information to be registered by multiple death registration participants working on the same case
Report cause of death with increased accuracy and timeliness
Promote uniformity and reduce contradictory information in cause of death documentation
“The new system will help the state collect data that can be used for research,” noted Stephen Tharp, M.D., ISMA past president and Clinton County Health officer. “It will allow us to see correlations of illnesses in relation to cause of death and aid in disease surveillance.”
The ISDH offers online training here.
Select “IDRS Audio/Video Medical Certifiers Tutorials” or “IDRS PowerPoint Tutorials.” You can also download the user agreement.
For information, contact Erin Kellam at (317) 233-7523, or call the help desk at (317) 233-7989.