- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Coroners, funeral homes and officials who handle death certificates will be required soon to file information electronically as Kentucky departs from a paper-based system.

The new system, the Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System, will go into effect on Jan. 1.

The state is phasing out a paper-based system currently used by the Office of Vital Statistics. The transition to electronic filing is mandated by a new state law.

Stephanie Mayfield, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, says the new system will improve the death reporting system and speed of service.

There are currently 404 funeral facilities, 81 coroners’ offices and 40 medical facilities signed on and using the electronic system, known as KY-EDRS.

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