Did you know that a Topaz signature pad does a lot more than just capture a signature?
Signature pads are becoming more and more common in dental practice, especially due to the upcoming electronic admission mandate. I was asked an interesting question today that I had never thought to ask, “If a signature is fought, how to determine if an electronic signature is a forgery as it is simply an electronic representation of a person’s signature and not physically in ink on a piece of paper? “
Ever since the US was established, there have been people forging signatures, and because of this, there have been forensic document investigators analyzing these signatures to determine a forgery from a legitimate signature. According to William J. Flynn, B.S., D-ABFDE, forensic document investigators throughout the United States have had to continually adjust their analysis techniques over the years due to new technology in ink pens. Before the 1940s, the way one writes was via the fountain pen or the good old eagle feather, in 1945 the ballpoint pen was adapted as the instrument of choice. The fountain provided very specific characteristics of a person’s signature, such as a writing line with specific shade caused by bending the fountain tip that a ballpoint pen does not have, and now in the 2000s we are facing the emergence of electronic signatures.
Topaz Systems Inc has partnered with William J. Flynn to create signature pads that have the ability to record much more information about a person’s signature than just the visual aspect. Sir. William J. Flynn, “Topaz Software [presents in a unique and patent pending way the segment timing, speed of signature data and]… the exact sequence of movements made by the author during the original signature execution. “
What this means is that the Topaz software is capable of detecting all these movements and timestamps, deciphering, analyzing and generating a report for a forensic document investigator to use to determine the authenticity of a signature. A counterfeit signature is usually created by either tracing an existing signature or simply by trying to recreate the signature by memory. Either way, the properties of a counterfeit signature are either “accurate and slow or fast, but inaccurate”. The Topaz software is able to record the time it takes someone to write their signature, which means that a side-by-side comparison of a legit signature and a fake will be quick and simple because the signature is either visually displayed correctly, but the timestamp is slower or the timestamp will be correct, but the signature will be completely visually inaccurate.
Of course, the speed at which someone generates a signature is not the only characteristic considered when analyzing possible forgeries. Some other items include the exact representation of typefaces, sizes, connection strokes and proportions of the original signature. All of these things are recorded by a Topaz signature pad and can be downloaded for a forensic examination if the need ever arises.
Knowing that the Topaz signature pads are capable of providing this type of safety to a dentist is very relieving. I can suggest Topaz signature pads to all my dentists with full confidence that they are protected from people providing false information in the form of a signature.