Cloud and mobile revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry | Blog

Jun 08, 2015 Aathira Nair

Compliance tracking, globalized clinical trials and outsourced vendors has made it almost mandatory for this industry to push aside the traditional outlook and get onto the technology bandwagon.

Pharmaceutical regulatory compliance is primarily dependent on the management of the compliance process and thorough documentation to deliver complete business efficiency.

There are many divisions within the pharmaceutical industry where regulation and compliance management are required, namely:

  1. Pharmaceutical Research and Development
  2. Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  3. Clinical Trials
  4. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  5. Pharmacovigilance

Most pharmaceutical divisions are required to adhere to multiple standards and regulations, such as the US Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ISO Standards, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMEA) etc. Meeting all these regulatory guidelines are achieved with the help of compliance softwares. Compliance softwares help in freeing up staff time from mundane tasks, and focusing on value added tasks, alongside compliance activities resulting in overall efficiency gains.

Custom development processes for the pharmaceutical industry requires staying on top of the regulatory requirements while working on new age technology to give the edge to these companies in bettering their processes and quality. Product quality and ensuring this quality, is a primary requirement for pharma companies. Recalls are expensive not only in terms of cost, but also in terms of lost sales, damage to brand and in worst cases; it is measured in terms of lives lost.

Leading pharma and biotech companies are developing and harnessing cloud solutions to address operational efficiency, security, scalability and compliance. The cloud also helps to manage users, data sources and other providers to enable seamless aggregation of data monitoring and clinical trial portfolios in real-time.

Mobile technology is another bit which has made quality management more efficient in recent times. Efficient, accurate and immediate access to essential data offers a big perk to quality management softwares. With mobile technology, distribution of important information is faster and hence ensures an immediate action is taken to prevent escalation of an issue. At present, many workflows are made simpler, and time is saved with the use of mobile devices to aggregate quality information. Efficiency and accuracy of data has been on a rise with the use of mobile devices for quality management.

Sales and Marketing stands to gain from mobile solutions catering to the pharmaceutical industry. But at the same time, security of the data is essential when dealing with cloud and mobile apps to enable free movement of sales personnel. Sensitive data needs to be handled with layers of encryption, to ensure no data is compromised in case of a misplaced or lost mobile device.

Mobile device usage at pharma companies require careful planning, with a clear understanding of rules which are allowed and focusing on concern areas for the company.

3 key areas to be considered while looking at your mobile strategy:

  1. Managing the Mobile Program
  2. Information Security and Privacy
  3. Mobile Record management

Nalashaa mobile experts understand the enterprise mobile requirements alongside the importance of security and information privacy. We have worked with many organizations to build a compelling mobile strategy and execute the development process to bring the advantages of the new age technology to all industries.

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Aathira Nair

An engineer by education, foraying into a medley of activities - content, social media and marketing.