A medical writer is responsible for developing medically accurate documents for different stakeholders in the healthcare industry. Biomedical industries, hospitals, CROs, publication houses and MedComm agencies usually have an inhouse team of medical writers to develop high-quality medical documents. The responsibilities of a medical writer involve drafting, reviewing, editing, inter-team communications, being compliant to the guidelines and perform various other project management tasks. To establish a seamless workflow, the companies provide their medical writing teams with publication management tools or content management software. It is essential for a medical writer to have knowledge about these tools to perform their tasks comfortably. Here are the two tools that are widely used:
Datavision: It is a well-established publication planning software tool that is widely used in healthcare industries. This planning software helps a medical writer in project management and ensures the timely delivery of the project without compromising the expectations of the authors and the stakeholders.
Datavision is a user-friendly and intuitive
tool that understands the importance and process of publication procedure. It is
built around three workflows that encompass the overall publication procedure
such as planning, project execution, tracking and reporting.
Some unique features of Datavision software include:
- Writers Workbench: Medical writers can
access Datavision through their desktop application or through a specialised
web-based portal known as Writers Workbench. This feature allows the writer to
plan their works or overdue tasks, thus, enabling the writers to manage their
time and tasks effectively and efficiently.
- Built-in Journals and Congress database:
Datavision has the largest
abstract and citation database with peer-reviewed literature from more than
5,000 publishers. It serves as an invaluable resource
- Document tab for reviews and approvals: One
of the core features of Datavision is the Documents tab. This tab facilitates
direct management of all the elements related to a specific project. It helps
manage the time plan for the project, drafts, reviews, and approvals together
with feedback as the project enters its final stages.
Veeva Vault: It is a proven cloud enterprise content management platform which is specifically built for life sciences. This content management platform has a unique ability to manage both content and data on a single platform. It is designed with perfection to meet the most rigorous commercial, clinical, regulatory, quality and safety requirements. It enables the organizations and/or biomedical engineers to quickly manage end-to-end processes related to the content, data, and workflows.
Unique features of Veeva vault include:
- Content Capabilities: Veeva Vault
platform is a highly versatile tool that helps manage documents, videos, and
images with high capability including electronic signatures, watermarks,
templates, versioning, annotations, lifecycles, sharing and document
generation. It also supports the complex business requirements needed for
compliance, collaboration, and records management.
- Easy access to Microsoft office and high optical character recognition (OCR): Veeva
Vault users can check out their Microsoft office documents and can utilize the
full co-authoring capabilities with a single click. The platform automatically
scans, extracts, and indexes text within documents and also find images and PDF
files that are uploaded directly or through Veeva Snap.
- Dynamic Security: The Veeva Vault platform
addresses all the security challenges of global enterprises. It provides
flexible authentication and authorization for the organization and the external
partners. It has a dynamic security model that supports multiple domains, and
fine-grain access control to functions, objects, and data.
A clear understanding about these tools
will help the writers to track and manage the entire publication development
process without any assistance. These tools will ensure that publications are
delivered according to best practices and with highest standards.