With Barack Obama due to become the 44th president of the US, one resource suggests that he could look to enterprise content management (ECM) to improve the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) IT systems.
Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) reports that the FDA could stand to raise its efficiency through the use of an ECM platform equipped with applications such as a document viewer.
"An ECM platform will provide for enhanced tracking and storing of inspection-related documents," explains the publication.
Connected with this would be a greater opportunity for medicines from overseas to be added to the FDA”s list of safe sources – helping to make generic drugs more widely available – the article adds.
MBT suggests that the Obama administration is likely to face significant investment demands if it is to restore the FDA”s "crumbling IT systems" to a functional level.
A central document viewer or similar system to access files across different databases could be particularly useful in light of MBT”s claim that the FDA must compare two separate sets of records when assessing the safety of drugs from China.
The article comes one year on from the publication of a report by the FDA”s Science Board on the organization”s IT systems, which Federal Computer Week noted painted a "bleak picture" of the body”s ability to meet the needs of the individuals it serves without further investment.