Novartis has opened a new front in its push into digital health. The latest move sees the Big Pharma bring its navigation app for visually impaired people to Apple and Google's smartwatch platforms.
Eisai has become the latest in a long line of companies to look to IT outsourcing for cost savings. The drugmaker has handed responsibility for the maintenance, operation and monitoring of much of its IT infrastructure in Japan and the U.S. to Accenture in a pair of long-term deals. Accenture is contracted to do the work in Japan until 2024 and in the U.S. until 2022. Only a portion of Eisai's R&D network is excluded from the 7-year U.S. deal, while the agreement in Japan goes beyond servers and other IT infrastructure to cover some of its accounting, production management and other enterprise resource planning systems. The idea is to increase efficiencies through the establishment of a global governance structure and drive down IT costs, prospects that have been luring drugmakers to strike outsourcing deals for years. Read more >>
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UCL has made Elsevier's PharmaPendium available to its researchers. The United Kingdom academic institution has subscribed to the resource to support its staffers' research into drug repurposing and the personalization of treatments.
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Over the past two years the reputation of the IT department at the FDA has changed rapidly. Once best known for burning through CIOs and receiving slapdowns from the congressional watchdog, the FDA is now garnering plaudits for its embrace of agile and open development. This new way of thinking is central to--and to an extent responsible for--the recently unveiled precisionFDA initiative.
The movement to shift informed consent in clinical trials from paper forms to electronic devices has notched up another victory. Mytrus and an unnamed top-10 pharma company made the advance by becoming the first organizations to win clearance to use e-consent in a trial in the United Kingdom.
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