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ISDH Home > Vital Records > Indiana Vital Records Re-engineering Project > Indiana Death Registration System (IDRS) Indiana Death Registration System (IDRS)

The Indiana Death Registration System will go live in January of 2008 at the state and local health department levels. The system is expected to gradually be rolled out statewide beginning in second quarter of 2009.

The goal of the Indiana Death Registration System is to enable the participants of the death registration process to electronically file death records with local and state registrars. Registration facilities will access the system on-line so that decedent fact–of–death and cause–of–death information can be registered electronically by multiple death registration participants working on the same case. The system has the ability to report cause–of–death with increased accuracy and timeliness can be an integral part of patient care and will also improve cause–of–death data for disease surveillance and health data mining. Finally, the System promotes uniformity in cause–of–death documentation, which is supported by the American Medical Association.


  • Electronic filing of approximately 56,000 Indiana deaths annually
  • Registration takes place in the county of occurrence as prescribed by law
  • Certificate issuance reduced from 21 plus days to 7 days
  • User–friendly death data entry screens
  • Real–time editing
  • Higher quality data and error reduction
  • 24/7 accessibility
  • Highly secure web site
  • Verified social security numbers using an online application connected to the Social Security Administration.
  • On–line help and instructions built into system
  • Greater efficiency, as participants interact electronically (health facilities, physicians, funeral directors, medical examiners and coroners)
  • Ability to reduces fraud and identity theft
  • Ability to provide uniform death certificates for the entire state.

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