How to improve your authoring and review processes in Life Sciences

Raquel Pinto
Jul 7, 2021 · 3 min read

The process for developing a new drug or medical device must meet two crucial requirements: efficacy and safety. But the question is, what happens when pharmaceutical companies fulfill these two requirements but the interactions with regulatory agencies and the scientific community are not reviewed and approved in a timely manner?

In the Life Sciences industry, a delay in regulatory or scientific processes will very likely affect when a drug or a medical device reaches the market, leading to loss of revenue for the company and putting patients at risk.

Although delays may have different root causes, they are often rooted in common problems related to document collaboration processes.

What are document collaboration problems?

  • Inexistence of a single source of truth (multiple collaborators working on multiple document versions, leading to more time spent compiling and reviewing information);
  • Not being able to see other people’s progress in real-time;
  • Use of inadequate tools, making it hard to work with large documents, and impossible to reuse, structure, and control specific content;
  • Lack of transparency and consistency in audit trails;
  • Manual time-consuming formatting;
  • Confusing multi-channel communication (e-mail, comments out of the document).

How can you solve these problems and avoid such delays?

Real-time collaboration can solve most of them! By using a single cloud location for the information, accessible to all the collaborators of the project, you can have full control of the content that is being edited, preventing inconsistent versions while keeping confidential information accessible only to authorized people. It also facilitates communication, allowing collaborators to work at the same time, monitoring the progress of each person involved in the process, and having everyone’s comments and edits accessible.

Would doDOC solve these problems?

If you recognized one of the problems mentioned above, the answer is yes. Let’s have a look at what you can do when working with doDOC:

  • Import Word documents or start working with a blank one in doDOC;
  • Define specific roles and permissions for your team members and control who has access and visibility on specific content, down to the paragraph level;
  • Work simultaneously with your colleagues, tracking changes and deciding what content you want to accept or reject;
  • Approve content, so no more unnecessary changes take place;
  • Assign tasks with deadlines for specific colleagues;
  • Comment, reply to comments, and see other’s people comments using filters;
  • Export the document in multiple formats in seconds.

By using doDOC, can you be automatically compliant?

Yes, you can. Whether you need to show your audit trail to an auditor, make sure you are following SOPs, or understand who has actually contributed to the document, you can finally leave the manual and clunky Excel spreadsheets aside. doDOC does it automatically for you so you can focus only on the content of your documents.

In conclusion, work smarter, not harder:

There are better ways to author and review documents in life sciences, which can make big differences in shortening the time to market for drugs and medical devices. By offering teams real-time collaboration specially designed for life sciences, doDOC can save up to 70% of the time in documentation processes, increasing effectiveness and productivity.

If you are interested in learning more about doDOC, let us know in the comments, and we will get in contact with you!

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