St. Mark's Hospital - November 01, 2016

Some of you may not be aware that the Utah State Department of Health has set up an online system for physicians to sign death certificates, primarily as a service to the family of the deceased. Utah law requires a death certificate to be registered before remains can be disposed of or transported out of state. Until recently, obtaining a death certificate over the weekend was next to impossible. However, thanks to EDEN, Utah’s Electronic Death Entry Network, online death registration is available to funeral directors, physicians and the state’s Office of the Medical Examiner, easing the timeline for grieving families to obtain death certificates.

When you are contacted to sign a death certificate, you may register to participate in EDEN as a medical certifier at https://vr.health.utah.gov/portal/. Registration is simple. Before you enter your first record into EDEN, your email information will need to be verified by the Office of Vital Records, and your email address verified. However, this verification occurs immediately on submission, 24/7, allowing you to proceed to address a pending death certificate. We suggest that all St. Mark’s Hospital physicians register with EDEN.

If you have questions about EDEN, call Leisa Finch (801) 538-9326 or Ann Hope-Ernst (801) 538-6364 at the Utah State Office of Vital Records and Statistics.


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