An electronic signature can be used much like a pen and paper signature. Each signature is electronically linked to the data it applies to and, if the data changes, the signature is invalidated or cleared.
When electronic signatures are available, a signature box shows:
We recommend using a Topaz signature pad for electronic signatures, but you can also use a stylus on a tablet PC or similar touch screen. When signing with a stylus, information about the speed of each stroke is recorded.
Open Dental does not sell the Topaz signature devices. However to ensure compatibility, please make sure the model number you order exactly matches a signature pad we recommend. We recommend purchasing new models only and verifying the warranty.
Requirements: The pad you purchase MUST be a 1 x 5 pad and it MUST have a model number ending in HSB or BSB. Those models are all USB types that use the human interface driver.
Older versions of Windows and Windows 7 (64 bit) will work fine with the included or downloadable drivers. If you have Windows 7 (32 bit) then you will need to call Topaz for the drivers, as they are not included on the disk or posted on their website.
Topaz Pad Recommendations: At this time, we strongly recommend a wired pad as we have not found a wireless pad that is functional.
|Recommended Pads||Model #||URL||$|
|SigLite 1 x 5 This is a low cost pad that you sign blind, as it does not show ink on the screen as you sign. Because of this awkwardness, it is probably not suitable for patients, but it works fine for staff members who are signing procedure notes. The background is a dark blue rather than the medium blue pictured.||T-S460-HSB-R||Topaz SigLite||~ $100|
|SigLite LCD 1 x 5 This pad has an LCD screen, so you can see the signature as you sign, just like on paper. It works very well, but is more expensive. The screen background is actually gray rather than backlit.||T-L460-HSB-R||Topaz SigLite LCD||~ $200|
Other pads may have extra features, such as backlighting or more durable surfaces. These pads will work as long as they meet the Requirements listed above.
|Other Compatible Pads||Model #|
|SignatureGem LCD 1x5||T-L462-HSB-R|
|SignatureGem Backlit LCD 1x5||T-LBK462-HSB-R|
|SigLite Slim 1x5||T-S461-HSB-R|
|SigLite Backlit LCD 1x5||T-LBK460-HSB-R|
|Any of the IDGem series that are 1x5 and HSB.|
Topaz pads now work with 64 bit versions of Windows, but only starting with version 6.9 of Open Dental. Earlier versions of Open Dental only support Topaz on 32 bit versions of Windows.