3 easy ways document collaboration platforms overcome clinical research challenges


30 July 2013

For quite some time, life sciences companies have moved away from the traditional fully integrated pharmaceutical company model (FIPCO) in search of more efficient R&D paradigms, like the fully integrated pharmaceutical network (FIPNet).

In migrating from the traditional model, life sciences organizations replace their core competencies with partners, which is how the business model FIPNet evolved. While FIPNet might be more efficient and cost-effective compared to the traditional model, it still has challenges - like maintaining information security, timelines and auditable trails across organizations.

It’s necessary in a clinical trial to share information securely, quickly and frequently between multiple partners and investigator sites. When doing so, information can become lost and you may risk sharing private data with the wrong person. Because of the sensitivity of this information, it’s imperative that the utmost precaution is taken when collaborating with third parties. But when hundreds of patients, dozens of investigator sites and multiple research organizations are involved, how can this be guaranteed?

Using a document collaboration platform to facilitate the clinical research process can help keep content secure, minimize timelines and ensure compliance. Here are three easy ways document collaboration platforms overcome challenges during clinical research:

  • Keeps critical information secure: Using a software-as-a-solution service (SaaS) model with a role-based user interface allows you to share and UNshare information to the right parties with document level permissions.
  • Saves you time: It’s easy to fall behind your initial timeline during the protocol development, site selection or study start-up phase. Using a document collaboration platform can improve operational efficiency and shorten document review cycles to save you the time it takes to share and organize information.
  • Tracks audit trails: Sharing information through a document collaboration platform allows it to be reviewed by other parties in an effective and traceable manner by capturing all metadata at the document and file level. 


As you can see, using a document collaboration platform during the clinical research process allows you to streamline the document-centric processes that occur throughout the clinical trial. By doing so, not only will you help ensure the privacy of sensitive data, but you’ll also eliminate inefficiency and reduce risk.

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Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.