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ASTM E1762-95(2009)

Standard Guide for Electronic Authentication of Health Care Information

Standard Guide for Electronic Authentication of Health Care Information E1762-95R09 ASTM|E1762-95R09|en-US Standard Guide for Electronic Authentication of Health Care Information Standard new BOS Vol. 14.01 Committee E31
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Significance and Use

This guide serves three purposes:

To serve as a guide for developers of computer software providing, or interacting with, electronic signature processes,

To serve as a guide to healthcare providers who are implementing electronic signature mechanisms, and

To be a consensus standard on the design, implementation, and use of electronic signatures.


1.1 This guide covers:

1.1.1 Defining a document structure for use by electronic signature mechanisms (Section 4),

1.1.2 Describing the characteristics of an electronic signature process (Section 5),

1.1.3 Defining minimum requirements for different electronic signature mechanisms (Section 5),

1.1.4 Defining signature attributes for use with electronic signature mechanisms (Section 6),

1.1.5 Describing acceptable electronic signature mechanisms and technologies (Section 7),

1.1.6 Defining minimum requirements for user identification, access control, and other security requirements for electronic signatures (Section 9), and

1.1.7 Outlining technical details for all electronic signature mechanisms in sufficient detail to allow interoperability between systems supporting the same signature mechanism (Section 8 and Appendix X1-Appendix X4).

1.2 This guide is intended to be complementary to standards under development in other organizations. The determination of which documents require signatures is out of scope, since it is a matter addressed by law, regulation, accreditation standards, and an organization's policy.

1.3 Organizations shall develop policies and procedures that define the content of the medical record, what is a documented event, and what time constitutes event time. Organizations should review applicable statutes and regulations, accreditation standards, and professional practice guidelines in developing these policies and procedures.

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Book of Standards Volume: 14.01
Developed by Subcommittee: E31.25
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.1520/E1762-95R09
ICS Code: 11.020; 35.240.80