A. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

            (1) “Authorization” means a consent, an approval, or an authorization between persons.

            (2) “Electronic signature authentication and identification” means the process of authenticating identification using a system of form, location, and endorsement pursuant to Subsections B and C of this Section.

            B. Electronic signature authentication and identification may be used for an individual who participates in agreements, authorizations, contracts, records, or other transactions that involve individually identifiable health information, including medical records and recordkeeping, transfer of medical records, medical billing, health care proxies, health care directives, consent to medical treatment, medical research, and organ and tissue donation or procurement.

            C. Electronic signature authentication and identification pursuant to Subsection B of this Section may be implemented by an interactive system of security procedures that include any of the following:

            (1) A tamper-proof electric appliance that receives input of unique identification numbers, unique biometric identifiers, or location devices.

            (2) A computerized authentication process for biometric identifiers that is linked to the appropriate identification numbers upon receipt of the identifiers.

            (3) Transmission of verification of the identifiers to a securely maintained electronic repository.

            D. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to supersede or preempt applicable state and federal law, including the Louisiana Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, as established in R.S. 9:2601 et seq., the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and associated regulations, and 21 CFR Part 11.

            Acts 2008, No. 738, §1, eff. July 3, 2008; Redesignated from R.S. 40:1299.40.1 by HCR 84 of 2015 R.S.