How Does Content Management Fit In The Life Sciences Industry?

Pharmaceutical companies must grapple with more risk than ever. There are competing demands of data storage, regulatory requirements, and keeping up with industry best practices, policies and procedures.

Omnichannel pharmaceutical content management meets this challenge by centralizing your content without one singular content platform. This closed-loop approach to pharmaceutical and life sciences content management creates a sustainable path for writing, reviewing, and approving content within a modular, componentized content strategy.

Until recently, pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations kept their content housed across various channels, formats, and places. Separate locations meant content needed to be verified and updated on every channel, creating ample opportunity for mistakes and lost productivity. This system made it harder to support channels and workflows, which caused delayed editing cycles and less meaningful collaboration.

Unifying your operations with a life sciences content management tool frees you from traditional constraints. Life sciences companies must develop and enforce their own quality system internally that is relevant to their product portfolio to generate evidence that they are following strict procedures. Using content management systems for life sciences makes it easier to standardize processes — eliminating roadblocks, optimizing patient safety and paving a better way toward innovation.

Quark’s single source-of-truth supports life science industries in creating, managing, and publishing analytical procedures and test specifications for pharmaceutical ingredients. These solutions ease the pressure that the constant scrutiny that life science sectors face for providing the highest level of consistency, security and compliance.

Benefits of Content Management In Life Sciences

The fact is that most pharmaceutical companies wind up spending their time managing content for test analyses, labeling processes and more — and keeping up with the deluge of associated documents – instead of refining their products or innovating new ideas. A single safety update to a medicine can affect hundreds of labels involving different packaging, strengths, dosages, and local languages.

Meeting the challenges inherent in remaining in compliance for large-scale life sciences operations is a mammoth feat. The ever-moving target of shifting laws and regulations, and any unexpected product side-effects or incompatibilities resulting from adverse events, affects the electronic submission of pharmaceutical labeling, for example.

Moreover, agencies in the pharmaceutical industry feature a vast network of subject-matter experts, personnel, units, departments, divisions and stakeholders who must create and manage their content. The demands on the technical authoring process need to account for the needs of disparate markets and applications. They need an enterprise-wide system that harmonizes your pharmaceutical labeling operations. A dedicated pharmaceutical content management tool, can save resources, time, and money.

Quark and its partners have an established reputation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences community. We understand the unique challenges that life sciences content management presents, such as how local health authorities enforce regulations differently, and implement solutions that allow you to modernize your workflows using structured componentized authoring.

There are four key reasons why Quark is a go-to for pharmaceutical content management:

  • Supplying proprietary software for industry-specific labeling
  • Streamlining the entire content lifecycle from creation to consumption
  • Providing tools that simplify compliance audits and collaboration capabilities
  • Offering localization tools that help you sustain a global presence without exhausting your internal resources

How Quark’s Life Sciences Content Management Works For You

Quark Publishing Platform (QPP) NextGen has the unique capacity to accommodate each time-intensive activity within a singular application. We use a unified content repository — a CCMS — that acts as a single source-of-truth to store your critical asset components, including properties, graphics, notes, text and pictures. Additionally, we harness the power of modular content and XML metadata to create these assets as building blocks. These XML-enriched blocks simplify your content automation strategy, speed up publishing, and reduce human error.

Quark XML Author is a unique low-code/no-code plugin for Microsoft Word that empowers users to generate highly technical content components using the familiar Microsoft Word interface. Each component is paired with auto-generated XML metadata, making it simple and practical to reuse the blocks across the enterprise. Users who do not prefer Microsoft Word have the option of using Quark Author, a browser-based option which provides the ability for subject-matter experts to work productively together on any device.

Modular authoring in a central repository gives you unprecedented control of content, letting you effectively deploy only compliance-controlled content for your entire content estate. Best of all, when changes are made to the original content block, the content automatically updates anywhere else it is in use, which could be thousands of core data sheets. This feature provides a single source-of-truth for building documents with verified content modules.

Get Started with Life Sciences Content Management from Quark

Since 1981, we have helped our clients build enhanced workflows. It’s why so many leaders agree that Quark Publishing Platform (QPP) NextGen is a total game-changer for life sciences content management.

Quark’s tools for omnichannel publishing and structured authoring eliminate risk and keep compliance across any content estate. Our closed-loop solution provides a centralized location for your workflow, template design, and storage of components, enhancing your operation without forcing you to compromise on quality, control, or oversight.

Learn more about how QPP NextGen readies your organization to handle the future of pharmaceutical content management.