How IDMP May Be the Catalyst to Better Data and Resource Management via the Cloud

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Life sciences companies are assessing how best to respond to one of the biggest regulatory challenges they have faced in years: Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP). The problem is that IDMP is a moving target, much remains unknown, and implementation of the standard will be done in iterations.

From a systems and process point of view, it poses both a problem and an opportunity. For years, life sciences companies have responded to regulatory requirements by building solutions and infrastructure in a piecemeal and often costly fashion.

The question today is, why would you invest in building costly infrastructure — and the personnel required to support those solutions — when cloud capabilities allow you to consolidate the tools, techniques and processes in a Center of Excellence?

While IDMP may be the catalyst for more holistic cloud adoption, life sciences companies stand to benefit through greater efficiency and control of the entire regulatory environment. The cloud brings regulatory activities into one place, alleviates the IT strain of fitting a new solution into existing architecture and simplifies management of data across the enterprise. Bringing data together in one place will make it much easier for companies to meet the IDMP requirements and will also give the business access to data it likely hasn’t seen before.

Scaling the solution

Another advantage to cloud is scalability. IDMP is a massive undertaking and affects systems and functions well beyond regulatory — manufacturing, clinical, commercial — but it’s difficult to know exactly what the infrastructure requirements will be at this stage. There is a real danger, therefore, that companies choosing on-premises solutions will either underestimate or overestimate what is required, which could be very costly. Cloud, on the other hand, lets you start with what you need for the first iteration and grow the solution as required.

Combining cloud functionality with business process outsourcing expertise also gives companies access to expert resources they would otherwise have to hire. This is a big consideration for companies, given that these experts will likely be needed for only a specific amount of time or periodically. Having them on staff would be significantly more expensive.

There’s also an important human element to cloud deployment that is often overlooked. The fact is that managing the infrastructure needed on a day-to-day basis is not a small job, but at the same time, it’s not particularly exciting.

It’s well known that companies often struggle with loss of resources as highly skilled IT people tire of handling mundane activities for which they’re overqualified. Having that infrastructure managed as a service allows your IT people to concentrate on your future strategy and innovative developments for the business.

The typical barriers to cloud adoption — security, agile response to compliance changes, control — are starting to break down as companies realize that experienced, trusted suppliers are on the ball and ready to respond to any changes as they occur, whether it’s ensuring that the latest patches have been adopted or that any new regulatory requirements are addressed.

Forward-thinking life sciences companies are now a lot more comfortable with innovative technology. They recognize that their smart IT people can be better employed assessing advances that will drive the business forward, rather than running a bunch of servers or managing Windows patches. Cloud is the smart way for life sciences companies to address their infrastructure needs, and when combined with consultative expertise, it vastly alleviates complex developments such as IDMP.

Dawn Waite is the Life Sciences Regulatory Cloud Solution Manager at DXC, Rick Ruiz is global head of Regulatory Transformation Services at DXC.


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