Glastonbury, CT, USA, 4 May, 2018 – Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (Otsuka) has completed the first phase of implementation of the iEnvision medical affairs platform developed by Envision Technology Solutions, part of Envision Pharma Group.
iEnvision is a web-based software platform specifically designed and developed to support multiple medical affairs-related programs of activity. Otsuka is deploying iEnvision to manage several activity types, including Investigator Sponsored Studies, Medical Education, Charitable Contributions, and Client Sponsored Projects (eg, Outcomes Research). Otsuka has also introduced iEnvision to compliantly manage the distribution of publications and medical materials to Otsuka personnel, via the iEnvision Library.
Further planned implementation phases will expand Otsuka’s usage to iEnvision for publications management, converting from Datavision, another Envision product.
Having previously implemented separate solutions, Otsuka sought a single replacement globally-scalable software platform that could provide flexibility and cross-activity coverage. These legacy data sources and systems required amalgamation as part of the implementation management process undertaken by Envision. A master documentation approach was utilized to facilitate data migration, workflow definitions, testing, and configuration.
An internal and external communication program was also developed by Envision’s Operational Excellence unit to introduce, explain, and help accelerate adoption of the Otsuka ‘Medical Affairs Ecosystem’, including program-specific landing pages, system graphics, and user support materials.
“We are pleased to offer external stakeholders a more user-friendly and efficient experience when submitting requests for medical education grants, charitable contributions, and investigator sponsored studies, that will also enable us to respond to requests in a more efficient manner,” said Dusan Kostic, VP, Otsuka Medical Affairs. A staged rollout is now being implemented, which began with US launch for all activities in late 2017, and is progressing to other Otsuka companies in 2018. For the recent Japan launch of one of the modules, translation of the software user interface and support materials to Japanese was undertaken to provide additional ease of use, together with local language training and support offered by Japan-based Envision staff.
Kelli Walker, Envision’s Director of Platform Strategy, and project lead for the Otsuka implementation added, “We are pleased to support Otsuka as they move to a fully integrated global medical affairs program support approach with iEnvision. With iEnvision, Otsuka has implemented a scalable Medical Affairs platform and ‘Ecosystem’ for its companies around the world, providing transparency, tracking, reporting, compliance, and process alignment across multiple activities, with resulting efficiencies offering significant cost savings over time.”
About Envision Pharma Group
Founded in 2001, Envision Pharma Group is a global, innovative technology and scientific communications company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Envision is a leading provider of evidence communication services and industry-leading technology solutions that have applicability across many areas of Medical Affairs and related functional responsibilities. Envision Pharma Group provides services and technology solutions to more than 80 companies, including 19 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies.
Envision has 14 offices, five in the UK – Bishop's Stortford, Horsham, London (Hammersmith), Marlow, and Wilmslow; one in Serbia; six in the US – Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Southport, CT; Madison, NJ, Stirling, NJ; and Glastonbury, CT; and two in Asia Pacific – Tokyo and Sydney. The company employs more than 650 team members, including over 250 highly qualified in-house medical writers and over 140 technology solutions team members involved with software development and customer support.
Kelli Walker, PharmD, MS
Director, Platform Strategy, Envision Technology Solutions
Tel: +1 (215) 239 6605