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:
- : Sign with a Topaz signature pad.
- : Clear a signature.
- : Add an electronic signature stamp for the person currently logged in. "Digitally Signed by [logged-on user] Date Signed: [today's date and time]". Only visible for procedure notes if 'Use digital signatures' is turned on in Chart Module Preferences.
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.
- Sometimes the user logged on when an item is electronically signed is also linked to the signature (e.g. Commlog). In other areas, such as Procedure Notes, the person signing can override the logged on user before signing.
- If electronically signing a form designed using Sheets, the date and time of the signature will show in the signature box once the signature is saved (not Payment Plans).
- If data tied to a signature is changed behind the scenes, signatures will be marked 'invalid' instead of being cleared.
- Signatures created using a mouse, or by marking a check box, are still valid electronic signatures, but with just a mouse signature or click, it is not possible to verify the person signing with the signature alone.
Topaz Signature Pads
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.
Purchase in the United States and Canada: http://www.topazsystems.com/wheretobuy.htm, www.newegg.com, or www.amazon.com.
Purchase in the UK: http://www.pos-hardware.co.uk
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.
Install a Topaz Pad:
HSB model setup: See Topaz HSB Model Setup. This is our recommended signature pad model.
BSB model setup: See Topaz BSB Model Setup.
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
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.