eIDAS: new EU signature regulation
Electronic seal for companies & public authorities, signing with smartphones and more from July 2016
Neue Signaturverfahren dank eIDAS
 
Signature on pad instead of on paper
Sign electronically on the signature tablet to create more efficient business processes
Sign electronically on the signature tablet to create more efficient business processes

 

 

 
 
Digital medical records with eSignature
Avoiding paper is a big deal at the largest German communal hospital corporation
Vivantes hospitals: digital medical records with eSignature from secrypt
 
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Efficiently release electronic documents
by replacing paper-based signatures
 

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Create legal digital signatures and electronic seals by using signature cards, smartphones or tablets

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Electronic signatures in the healthcare sector: Find out how you can work without the need for paper, economically and in a future-proof manner by using electronic signatures.

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We specialise in electronic signature solutions for secure, easy and fast document workflows and offer practice-oriented and standardised client- and server-based software products.

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Electronic signatures are equivalent to handwritten signatures on paper documents and fulfil the same purpose. Electronic signatures enable the author or signatory to ensure the authenticity of the signed data and the integrity of the content. They provide vastly more protection against forgery than handwritten signatures and offer a tool for signing electronic documents, files and messages that is legally binding.

Using electronic signatures makes it possible to digitally streamline working processes and business transactions in which documents need to be signed, without any media discontinuity. No paper hardcopy is required for the signature since the signing is done entirely electronically.

Since July 1st 2016 the legal prerequisites are regulated at the European level in the "regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market" (eIDAS). All European Member States now have to adapt their national laws and ordinances according to this regulation.

 
How digital signatures work

How digital signatures work

The distinction between "digital" signatures and "electronic" signatures:

The terms "digital signature" and "electronic signature" are frequently used interchangeably. However, this equivalent use is not correct. "Digital signature" is a technical term that describes a class of cryptographic (i.e. mathematical) processes. "Electronic signature", on the other hand, is a legal term that was first used by the European Commission in a revised draft of EU Directive 1999/93/EC in order to prevent the statutory provisions from being bound to a specific technology.

 

Electronic signatures enable secure electronic legal and business transactions to be conducted in the anonymity of the Internet and help companies and organisations organise their document workflows so that they are almost or even entirely paper-free.

Our solutions:

 

Releasing documents with electronic signatures
e.g. electronically signing contracts, QM documents, construction drawings, orders and service instructions

Electronic signatures for medical facilities
e.g. for batch signing medical reports at individual workstations /
automatically signing uncritical laboratory test results

Replacement scanning and signing
e.g. legally compliant scanning and signing of existing records in accordance with SGB IV, BVA and industry recommendations

eBilling: electronic invoicing with electronic signatures in accordance with international regulations
Usable worldwide, e.g. in the EU, Switzerland, the USA, Brazil, Mexico and Chile

Tablet signature
Sign electronically on the signature pad (biometric signature)

Mobile signature
Electronic signature with smartphone according to new EU regulation eIDAS

 

Signing documents
Signing individual and batch documents at individual workstations/ automatic mass signing and verification

Long-term management and preservation of probative value
Legally secure long-term archiving with official timestamps for, for example, medical records, customer contracts and personnel files

Timestamps
Accredited, official timestamps for legally secure long-term archiving, signature renewal and incoming post stamps

Storage of data on paper if media discontinuity is required
Patented 2D barcode: Data transport on, for example, application forms / manipulation protection / biometric data on ID documents

Electronic seals
Electronic signature for companies and authorities or other legal entities

 
 

The digiSeal® range of client- and server-based software products for providing electronic signatures, timestamps and encryption ensures the authenticity, tamper resistance and confidentiality of sensitive electronic documents and their long-term probative value in electronic archives. The products comprehensively support the signature lifecycle: from generating signatures in all relevant signature formats to their verification and archiving. A worldwide unique feature of the digiSeal® range is its ability to print verifiable and legally binding hardcopies of electronically signed documents on paper.

The digiSeal® product range:

 

digiSeal® server
Server software for automatic mass signing, signature verification and time stamping

digiSeal® office
Signature software for individual workstations: e.g. for electronically signing contracts, QM documents, eTendering

digiSeal® office pro
Batch signature software: e.g. for electronic batch signing of medical reports, invoices, scanned existing archives, etc.

 

digiSeal® reader
Free software for verifying signed documents and encrypting data to keep snoopers at bay

digiSeal® archive
Software solution for preserving the probative value of electronically signed data in archives in accordance with ArchiSig and LTANS/ERS

digiSeal® 2d barcode
2D barcode for robustly storing large data volumes on paper, e.g. form data, ID documents and for protecting against forgeries

 
 

There are different types of electronic signatures. The definitions from the European Directive have been largely adopted in the national legislations. A suitable signature type can be chosen in accordance with the required legal effect:

  1. Simple electronic signatures
  2. Advanced electronic signatures
  3. Qualified electronic signatures

A substantial criterion in choosing a signature is the required probative (i.e. evidentiary) value and the associated security requirements.

Qualified electronic signatures:

If it is necessary to achieve the same probative value of a handwritten signature, so-called "qualified" electronic signatures should be used, e.g. for signing medical reports. A correspondingly signed electronic document can replace the necessary written form required by law, whereby legislators demand more stringent security requirements: the qualified signature certificate has to be stored on a signature chip card ("secure signature creation device"), which the user receives on registering with a trust centre ("trust service provider").

Advanced electronic signatures:

In order to secure internal business processes without any requirement for the written form, e.g. when initialling orders, it is sufficient to use "advanced" electronic signatures. The signature certificate can be stored on any kind of data storage medium, for example a USB flash drive or a hard drive.

Simple electronic signatures:

There are no special requirements for "simple" electronic signatures. They occur in various versions, e.g. as scanned signatures or as contact information at the end of an email with personnel details. An essential aspect is that they do not provide any means to securely or verifiably ascertain the identity of the author and the integrity of the message. In civil processes, documents with simple signatures are subject to the free consideration of evidence by the court.

Signature pads:

For processes such as opening bank accounts, some credit institutes are now digitally recording handwritten signatures using a signature pad during the signature process, whereby biometric data (style, pressure, pen angle) are embedded as identification features in the electronic application along with the digital signature.
A similar approach is adopted when patients sign consent forms in hospitals, whereby the patient also signs on a signature pad. Using his or her signature card, the doctor then affixes the same document with a qualified electronic signature. The term "combined signature" refers to the combination of different signature forms.

 
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