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CoSign Digital Signatures Enable HIPPA Compliance

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ARX has announced that its CoSign digital signature solution allows users to maintain compliance with the revised HIPAA regulations the U.S. Congress released late last year, detailing the responsibilities healthcare providers have in maintaining the privacy and security of medical records.

The regulations released in the last quarter of 2008 have three principle areas that relate to digital signatures: 1) The Transparency Principle, which calls for health care providers to make a good faith effort to obtain an individual's written acknowledgment for receipt of their Notice of Privacy Policy (NPP), 2) The Individual Choice Principle, calling for a patient authorization for any use or disclosure of Personal Health Information (PHI), and 3) The Safeguards Principle, requiring the verification of the identity and authority of a person requesting PHI. CoSign digital signatures can be used to demonstrate compliance with each of the privacy regulations by capturing signature authorizations and consent, and then validating the authenticity of those signatures.

"The CoSign digital signature solution already meets the HIPAA Security requirements as presented in the Final Rule 45 CFR Part 164.312, as well as the more specific and restrictive requirements of the earlier Proposed Rule 45 CFR Part 142.310," said Mike Milton, VP of Sales, Americas, ARX. "Since the new privacy guidelines specifically mention electronic signatures as an option for identity authentication, CoSign is the ideal signature solution for healthcare organizations that need to maintain an electronic workflow from signature authorization through archival."

ARX attended the HIMSS09 Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois April 5-9th. During the event, ARX representatives exhibited the CoSign digital signature solution at their booth. Also during the event, ARX's Healthcare Market Manager, Mauricio Pinto, gave a presentation titled "Using Digital Signatures to Simplify the Business of Healthcare" at the Pavilion Product Sessions.

About CoSign Digital Signatures

CoSign makes it easy to digitally sign transactions, documents, and records by embedding the standard signature technology directly into mainstream business applications. CoSign produces a signature record for every signature it captures. This Portable Signature Format (CoSign PSF) allows anyone to seamlessly verify and retain proof of identity, intent, and document integrity without costly, complicated, or proprietary software. CoSign keeps your business running smoothly by fully automating and quickly scaling processes at a low cost and with proper controls. Learn more at http://www.arx.com/about/PR/products/cosign_moreinfo.php.

About ARX - The Digital Signature Company

ARX (Algorithmic Research) is a global provider of cost-efficient digital signature solutions for industries such as life sciences, healthcare, government, and engineering. ARX engineers and scientists have more than 20 years of experience in security and standard digital signature application. ARX helps businesses secure, streamline, and scale their business processes and transactions with the proper controls required by legislation, regulation, and industry best practice. Visit us at http://www.arx.com/.

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