• How Moving to the Cloud Has Become Easier For Life Sciences Companies

    21 March, 2019 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Cloud technology has reached a level of maturity where many regulated organizations are discovering that operating in the cloud is becoming essential, rather than an option. A new white paper discusses the benefits of moving to the cloud and how cloud service providers are making the migration process smoother and faster.

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  • R.I.P. Paper Processes

    28 February, 2019 by Heather McArthur, Sr. Director of Content Strategy, MasterControl

    For many clinical, quality and manufacturing professionals, a change in process or technologies can be hard. But now, more than ever in life sciences, there is a need to digitize and move off paper-based or hybrid solutions. Through small automation pilots, the pains of transformation get eased while opening up opportunities that unlock a wealth of data-driven insights.

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  • Costs of Paper: Hard vs. Soft ROI

    23 January, 2019 by Bryant Headley, Sr. Director of Regulatory Affairs and Executive Government Liaison, MasterControl

    Though we’re well into the 21st century, document control in the life science and health care sectors remains largely a paper-based system. Learn from a seasoned professional who worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs how going digital can significantly reduce risk while simultaneously provide you with both soft and hard ROI.

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  • 4 Common Pains in Managing Device History Records

    22 January, 2019 by David Butcher, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    In medical device and diagnostic manufacturing, companies must keep a complete and accurate record of each product they produce in the form of a device history record (DHR). The DHR is literally the history of the device, and manufacturers in the business of medical technology face common challenges when using a paper-based or partially electronic system.

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  • Ensure Data Integrity With a Proactive Data Management Strategy

    24 July, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Data management technologies continue to evolve and improve the processes for collecting, storing and analyzing data. However, new technology rarely avoids growing pains. One dilemma regulated companies face with technology updates is maintaining data integrity. Regulatory guidelines for data integrity insist that all data and metadata remain intact and unaltered. This is a tall order when companies need to perform a large-scale data migration each time they update their data storage infrastructure. A good approach to effectively manage data and remain compliant with data integrity requirements is to develop a practical data management strategy around data storage and migration.

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  • The #1 Gap in Manufacturing Software Today

    18 July, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    It’s 2018 and technology has pervaded every area of our lives. Yet a visit to almost any manufacturing floor reveals that paper is alive and well, even in forward-thinking companies with strong IT strategies and digital transformation initiatives in place. Why is it that the truly paperless factory floor remains so elusive?

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  • Top 5 Medical Device Industry Trends in 2018: Atypical Medical Device Technology Will Become More Typical

    28 June, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Technology companies outside of the health care sector continue to carve out a niche in the medical device industry. This trend makes the competition more flammable. Still, in many ways, disruptive technology developers may need to call upon their incumbent counterparts for assistance with navigating the regulatory pathway to compliance. This article discusses some of the regulatory stumbling blocks that could impact non-traditional medical device developers.

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  • The Link Between Regulation, Quality Systems and Data Integrity, Part 2

    31 May, 2018 by Philippe Charbon, CEO of Apsalys, a European value-added Partner of MasterControl

    An examination of how the evolving standards of data integrity are affecting regulations and quality considerations within life science industries worldwide.

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  • The Link Between Regulation, Quality Systems and Data Integrity, Part 1

    29 May, 2018 by Philippe Charbon, CEO of Apsalys, a European value-added Partner of MasterControl

    The emergence of new guidelines on data integrity, and the interpretation of that data via audits and inspections, doesn't detract from pre-existing elements of regulation, particularly Annex 11 of the European Union’s (EU) good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines.

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  • Poll Suggests Automation Could Solve 85% of Your Document Control Issues

    20 March, 2018 by Mike Rigert, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The sophistication and value-added benefits of automated, integrated document control management tools available to manufacturers in the life sciences has come a long way since software solutions were introduced in the 1980s on 5 1/4-inch floppy disks.

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  • February Tip: Managing Updates to Regulatory Documentation

    22 February, 2018 by Tamara Burch-Williams, Professional Services Implementation Manager, MasterControl

    Tip: When the change occurs, review the current regulatory submission(s) and note where updates are needed. Even better, create a working or dynamic version of an updated submission.

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  • What is a Document Management System and 8 Reasons Your Company Probably Needs One

    9 May, 2017 Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    A document management system is a software solution that allows for the digital management of documentation. Today most documentation managed by document management systems is business-related.

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  • How They Did It: Pfizer's Transition from 50 Document Management Systems to One

    18 April, 2017 Craig Barrila, World Wide Head of Information and Records Management, Pfizer, and Beth Boucher, World Wide Head of Global Network Services, Pfizer

    Like many other pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer has been through numerous mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Two notable ones were the acquisition of Warner Lambert in 2001 and Pharmacia in 2003. The mergers, acquisitions and silo work practices fractured Pfizer's highly regulated and controlled documentation over many sites and systems. This included our GxP Standard Operating Procedures, product labeling, submissions management and trial master file systems.

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