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I will kill you. Part 2: Accessing EDRS

After the introduction, Chris Rock demonstrates how easy it is for a hacker to access and manipulate the Electronic Death Registration System.

Paper-based form for doctor registration

Paper-based form for doctor registration

How does a doctor get access to EDRS, or how does a hacker get access to EDRS? Here is a form that the doctor will fill out (see right-hand image), with the obvious details such as first name, last name, email address, and you’ll also see things like license numbers. This is a paper-based form, obviously. This just gets sent in to the Department.

Do-it-yourself registration

Do-it-yourself registration

Now they have also moved on to a DIY registration – again, first name, last name, license number, issuing state, and some other personal details (see left-hand image). This is what the doctor would use to register for the first time. Not all doctors use EDRS. When somebody dies in a hospital, that job is done by the medical examiner. When someone dies in, for example, a prison or in a hospital, the medical examiner takes that; or if it’s not a natural death, then the medical examiner will look after that. But a doctor, such as a doctor who looks after old-aged patients, where dying is normal, will use the EDRS system.

Physician details to fill out

Physician details to fill out

You see here some of the questions on another States based system (see right-hand image), where it’s asking you for those details again. You can see the doctor can choose their own username and password, and they can also choose the phone number and address details. When you use this system, it will do a lookup against license details, and as long as every detail matches except for the email address and phone number, you can then register yourself as a doctor. That’s not good.

Doctor database

Doctor database

So, how do you get these details? Well, lucky enough, there is a system in place to find out whether your doctor is real or fake (see left-hand image). So, if you want to go find the doctor, google “doctor database”, and you will find one for every country, and that will give you all the license details and office details. I’ve just put some examples up there.

Cause of Death certificate

Cause of Death certificate

These are quite difficult to fill out for a hacker or someone malicious. Obviously, doctors had six years of study, and we may have not, maybe in different areas. So you can see here from the Cause of Death certificate, we’ve actually got from “a” to “d” the actual cause of death (see right-hand image). In this example, the “a” is what the person actually ended up dying of – pulmonary embolism. Down at the bottom is the line about liver cancer, and then acute hepatic failure – that’s liver failure, and then thrombosis in left thigh – this is a blood clot.

Guide by CDC

Guide by CDC

As I said, the important detail to look for is down at the bottom here on 33 – whether an autopsy was performed (see image above), we will talk about that in a minute. If you don’t understand what that means, if a doctor thinks it’s an unnatural death, it has to get referred to a coroner or a medical examiner. There are guides online on how to fill these documents out (see left-hand image), with a lot of use case examples. It’s produced by the CDC. So, you can learn this information really quick.

You don’t want that case to go to coroner.

Reportable or reviewable?

Reportable or reviewable?

The role of the medical examiner, or coroner: a medical examiner is a doctor with qualifications such as forensics and pathology. “Coroner” is a word for a representative of the Crown that might not necessarily have any medical skills at all and is actually elected into the role. It’s very important that you look at this chart here (see right-hand image) when you are actually filling out the Cause of Death certificate, because you don’t want that case to go to coroner. For example, as I talked about before, using this flowchart you can see which cases go to the coroner or medical examiner, such as dying in a hospital, dying in a prison, and also an unnatural death, like if somebody died on the street from a gunshot, whatnot.

Another important thing to look out for is what we call a “reviewable death”, it’s the orange box on the right. If more than one child dies from a single parent, then you will go to the coroner. In other words, if you are going to kill your kids off, when we talk about that later on – I don’t mean real kids, I mean virtual kids – don’t be greedy and kill more than one.

Funeral director phase of the process

Funeral director phase of the process

Okay, so that’s the doctor bit of the EDRS facility: that’s how to get access and that’s how to fill out the form. The next phase is the funeral director (see left-hand image). Once the doctor has filled out their components of EDRS, the funeral director takes over. This will be, for example, the next of kin choosing the funeral director, the funeral director will log on to EDRS and complete that form.

Details filled out by funeral director

Details filled out by funeral director

Here’s an example of the Death Certificate (see right-hand image). For the Australians, I have actually included the separate document called DRS, or Death Registration System. Australians use two separate documents, not a single one. So, what we are looking at now is that top section of the document, the funeral director component.

DIY online registration form for funeral directors

DIY online registration form for funeral directors

How does a funeral director get access? It’s the same as the doctor. They’ll fill out all the details: the license number again, first name, last name, desired username, and of course they have DIY registration as well.
New user registration links

New user registration links

This (see right-hand image) is an example of registering a new user as a mortuary practitioner.

License lookup online

License lookup online

And where are you going to get the details of the license of a funeral director? Again, they are online as well (see left-hand image). Just do a Google search on funeral directors in each state, and it will give you details such as license numbers,
Accessible details

Accessible details

office addresses, which is what you need to get EDRS registration access.

Funeral Directors’ Handbook

Funeral Directors’ Handbook

Once a funeral director gets access to EDRS, they can do things like, obviously, check the doctor’s details that they submitted, they can work with the next of kin, and also apply for burial permits (see right-hand image above). And if you have difficulties filling these out, there is an idiots’ guide for funeral directors as well (see left-hand image).
 

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