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Exchange of documents and data in commercial organizations is normally accomplished using traditional workflow methodologies. Successful implementation of workflow in these organizations is encouraging agencies that did not look at these workflow methodologies favorably because data and documents exchanged were considered confidential and restricted and for use only by authorized users. The workflow in these organizations requires that user be authenticated before accessing the document/data as well as
obtain their signatures at each step due to legal requirements associated with these processes. In addition retaining the confidentiality of the document/data based on user authentication is of utmost concern. Recent advances in digital signature technology and its use in replacing traditional signature have opened
the possibility of creating a successful document/data exchange workflow for authenticated documents and data. Further this approach could be extended to authenticate each user and their role to meet confidentiality and security requirement. Some of the processes that can be identified for authenticated document/data exchange are:
• Document/data exchange associated with healthcare document requiring HIPAA compliance.
• Judicial transactions like TRO’s (Temporary Restraining Order) etc.