Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)


Welcome to the EDRS Website!

New York State's Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) is a secure web-based system for electronically registering deaths. EDRS simplifies the data collection process and enhances communication between health care providers and medical certifiers, medical examiners/coroners, funeral directors, and local registrars as they work together to register deaths.

The system is accessed through the New York State Health Commerce System (HCS) website portal. For more background information about EDRS, its benefits, and New York State's related Public Health Law, click the following link: About EDRS.

Be sure to review the EDRS training resources and documentation information below and on the role-specific pages at left.

Log into EDRS

Log into the New York State Health Commerce System (HCS) to access EDRS:

EDRS Roll-Out

As of August 16, 2019, the Department of Health formally announced the completion of the statewide, EDRS roll-out. Full compliance in the use of EDRS is mandatory for all hospitals (all departments including Emergency Room and Special Units where deaths may occur), nursing homes, certified hospice providers, primary care physicians, specialty providers (oncologists, cardiologists, surgeons, etc.), medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors, and local registration officials in New York State, excluding New York City.

Call to Action for Physicians - If you prepare Death Certificates as a sole practitioner or in a medical practice, and you are not yet set up in EDRS, please fill out this short online questionnaire so we can begin the process of setting you up in EDRS: Registration Form to Setup your Medical Practice in HCS.

The EDRS team will continue to offer recurring trainings and any onboarding assistance for medical certifiers, funeral directors, and registration officials. Training dates and self-paced video tuturials can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the role-specific page links located in the left menu bar.

Support and cooperation from all of our stakeholders is essential for successful transition to operational mode of this worthwhile initiative. The Department of Health and Bureau of Vital Records thanks you for your continued cooperation. Questions regarding this directive should be routed to the Bureau of Vital Records at 518-408-0310.

Reporting Issues with EDRS

An online form is available for all system users experiencing an issue with processing a death certificate electronically within the 72-hours required by Public Health Law. Please click the following link to submit your technical or compliance issue using the online EDRS Issue Report Form:

Upon investigation, a member of the EDRS team will promptly contact you to address and resolve the issue.

EDRS Training Schedule and Programs

Live training sessions for EDRS are offered as role-specific, visual demonstrations of EDRS with a real-time question and answer period during the training. The live training is conducted as a "webinar" (internet-based seminar) over the internet and telephone using your computer, internet browser application, and Cisco Webex® Player application.

Live training sessions are currently offered for the following roles: Funeral Directors and funeral firm staff, Medical Examiners and Coroners, Physicians/Medical Certifiers, and Local Registrars and Sub-registrars. Upcoming dates and times for live webinar training can be found on the corresponding role pages of this website, which are linked in the training table below.

Pre-recorded training presentations are also available, which may be viewed at any time. The recorded training presentations were produced as a webinar using Cisco Webex application. To view a pre-recorded training session for your role, see the Recorded Training Presentations column in the training table below.

Please Note: The Webex ARF player must be installed on your computer for you to attend any of the webinar presentations - recorded or live. Please see **Install Webex Player Application below.

Instructions to View a Recorded Training Presentation:  To view the recorded training presentations, please first read all the following directions. Then click the desired link in the recorded training session in the training table below.

  1. After downloading and installing the Webex ARF Player, click the presentation title below to go to the recording you wish to view.
  2. You will be asked to register for the training. Enter the requested information. (If you do not see the "Register" screen, click the "View" button, which will take you to the Register screen.)
  3. After entering the requested registration information, click the "Register" button. The register window will disappear.
  4. You will then see a "Playback in Progress" screen. Within a moment the recorded webinar presentation will start.

**Install Webex Player Application (required for all webinar training):

Webex Player must be installed on your computer for you to view the recorded and live Webinar Training Presentations linked below. Click the following link to download and install the free Webex Player: Download the Webex Player. Download and install the .ARF File Webex Player for watching Webex live and recorded presentations. Be sure to select the correct player for your computer type (Windows or Macintosh) and follow the installation instructions.

Video tutorials are available on this EDRS website for self-paced training, covering both introductory topics and end-to-end case processing. The self-paced video tutorials are role-specific. The tutorials may be viewed directly in your internet browser (with the exception of SCORM format versions, which are for facilities that have a Learning Management System).

Primary Care Physicians and medical specialists who will need to begin using EDRS to medically certify Death Certificates for Coroners and medical facilities should register for a Medical Certifiers training session linked in the schedule below. In addition, PCPs and medical specialists should review the EDRS reference documents and video tutorials available on the Physicians/Medical Certifiers page of this website.

Stakeholder Role Live Training via Webex Recorded Training Presentations
(via Webex)
Self-Paced Video Tutorials
(via your internet browser)
For All EDRS Roles:
Getting Started
--- HCS Onboarding Training
**Recorded 3/10/2017

The following Tutorials will launch in a new window/tab:
SCORM 1.2 format to install in your Learning Management System:
For HCS Coordinators --- --- The following Tutorials will launch in a new window/tab:
For Funeral Directors
and Funeral Firm Staff
EDRS Phase 2 Live Training

Click Here (and then scroll down) to View the Training Schedule for Funeral Directors and Funeral Firm Staff

EDRS Funeral Firm Training
**Recorded 7/7/2017

View Resources for
Funeral Directors and Funeral Firm Staff
For Medical Certifiers
and Medical Facility Staff

(at Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Other Health Care Facilities, and Medical Practices)
EDRS Phase 2 Live Training

Click Here (and then scroll down) to View the Training Schedule for Medical Certifiers and Medical Facility Staff

EDRS Medical Certifier Training
**Recorded 7/5/2017

View Resources for
Medical Certifiers and Medical Staff
For Medical Examiners / Coroners
and Their Staff
EDRS Phase 2 Live Training

Click Here (and then scroll down) to View the Training Schedule for ME/Coroners, their staff, and Coroner's Physicians

EDRS ME/Coroner Training
**Recorded 6/18/2018

View Resources for
Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Their Staff

For Local / County Registrars
and Sub-registrars
EDRS Phase 2 Live Training

Click Here (and then scroll down) to View the Training Schedule for Local Registration Offices

EDRS Registrar Training
**Recorded 7/10/2017

View Resources for
Local/County Registrars and Sub-registrars

CME and CEU Credit for Attending EDRS Training

For information about Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, visit the EDRS Physicians/Medical Certifiers web page. For information about Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for funeral directors, visit the EDRS Funeral Directors web page.

Documentation and Publications

Click the links below to open these PDF documents. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view PDF documents. Download the free Adobe Reader.)

User Account Information

EDRS News and Reference Guides