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Training for Physicians/Office Staff on new web-enabled Vital Records Information System Management (VRISM) - 6 p.m. session

  • Erlanger Hospital -- POB Conference Room 975 East 3rd Street Chattanooga, TN, 37403 United States (map)

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society in partnership with the TN Department of Health will host:

Training for Physicians (and office staff) on the new web-enabled system, Vital Records Information System Management (VRISM)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

  • 1-2 pm - Fowler Conference Room at Parkridge Medical Center
  • 6-7 pm - POB Conference Room at Erlanger Hospital

Course facilitator: Toni Y. Shute, VRISM Project – VRISM Training Specialist II; Tennessee Department of Health

There is no cost to attend.  Advanced RSVP is required to  Please be certain to indicate which time you will attend. Due to the room size, attendance is limited to 30 individuals for each workshop.

Tennessee Depart of Health Switching to New Online Digital System for Death Certificates

The Tennessee Department of Health is switching to a new online digital system to maintain vital records including death, birth, marriage and divorce documents.  The new web-enabled system, Vital Records Information System Management (VRISM) will allow multiple internal and external stakeholders to provide data via remote access / electronic communication between the Tennessee Office of Vital Records and those partners who help to register vital events that occur in Tennessee.  The new system will replace the predominantly manual, paper-based process currently in use.  The State of Tennessee Department of Health has begun statewide training of industry professionals, including funeral directors, embalmers and medical examiners on how to use the new online platform.   Toni Shute, a training specialist for the State was quoted recently in the Memphis Business Journal and said, "This is going to save time, save money — everything will be done electronically. Whereas [before], a funeral home would start the death record and have to take it to a physician, they will no longer have to drive to the physician. They can send everything electronically."  Additionally, death certificates will now be available at local health departments. Previously, death certificates could only be obtained in the county where the death occurred.  The new digital system for funeral directors and embalmers will take effect the first week of August.  Medical certification for physicians will be rolled out in October.  VRISM will continue to develop the “birth module”. 

An online training video for physicians (Medical Certifier VRISM Training) is available at For additional questions, please contact the VRISM help desk at 1-855-874-7686.  Following training, please download and complete your VRISM user agreement at