The mission of the Coroner's Office is to determine cause & manner of death; identify the deceased; notify family & proper disposition of deceased's property; investigate all circumstances surrounding death.
Code of Federal Regulations
Title 45 - Public Welfare
Subtitle A - Department of Health and Human Services
Subchapter C - Administrative Data Standards and Related Requirements
Part 164 - Security and Privacy
Subpart E - Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
§ 164.512 Uses and disclosures for which an authorization or opportunity to agree or object is not required.
A covered entity may use or disclose protected health information without the written authorization of the individual, as described in § 164.508, or the opportunity for the individual to agree or object as described in § 164.510, in the situations covered by this section, subject to the applicable requirements of this section. When the covered entity is required by this section to inform the individual of, or when the individual may agree to, a use or disclosure permitted by this section, the covered entity's information and the individual's agreement may be given orally...
(g) Standard: Uses and disclosures about decedents.
(1) Coroners and medical examiners. A covered entity may disclose protected health information to a coroner or medical examiner for the purpose of identifying a deceased person, determining the cause of death, or other duties as authorized by law. A covered entity that also performs the duties of a coroner or medical examiner may use protected health information for the purposes described in this paragraph.