After the summer, people everywhere are returning to work after some much-needed time off. This year's break has not been like any other for obvious reasons, but one thing that hasn't changed is the challenge of getting back on track after being away. Many have logged out of the professional world for several days or even weeks for the lucky ones. One of the first obstacles is logging back into all the systems used in our daily work.
To make matters worse, you must remember multiple credentials and security demands of complex password combinations different for each application. Time gets wasted clicking forgot-my-password-buttons or contacting the IT department for help.
The term password fatigue was invented to describe the feeling experienced when required to remember an excessive number of passwords as part of our daily routine. Unfortunately, this is the case for many in the Life Sciences industry. Password fatigue is likely to occur when you have to:
create a new password that uses a pattern of letters, digits, and special characters
come up with unique passwords for different applications
type the new password twice
re-enter your password throughout the day as you move to other parts of an intranet
blind type, both when responding to a password prompt and when setting a new password.
Single sign-on (SSO) saves the day. Imagine breezing into the office and pushing a single button to access all your work tools at once. No password fatigue and time saved to preserve all your energy for your actual tasks without compromising security.
So, what is SSO?
SSO is an authentication process that allows each user to access several systems with one set of login credentials. For example, organizations that have implemented SSO can have their users access Viedoc by simply logging in to their local intranet.
Let's look at the word authentication. It literally means: Proving or showing that something is true, genuine, or valid.
In the non-digital world, we typically authenticate ourselves with our passport, driver's license, ID card, or any other formal proof of who we are. The authorities assert my identity, meaning that I don't need to get an individual card for each service. Just showing your ID is enough. SSO works similarly; you only need one "ID" to get access everywhere. The principle behind it is "if the user is trusted, we can trust the user."
So, what are the benefits of using SSO?
Password fatigue can be avoided altogether.
The IT department can access user identity information for better control of the different systems used in the organization.
Own authentication implementations could mean security issues (storing passwords, user data, etc.) and are time-consuming.
SSO can be used as an extra layer of security on top of your own. That is if you already have authentication and authorization in place but want to improve the security level even more.
Getting techy — How does SSO work?
You enter a URL for a Service Provider, for example, Viedoc.
Viedoc redirects you to the Identity Provider (IDP) for authentication and includes an "envelope" containing information about the request and where and how to send the response back to Viedoc if the authentication is successful.
You submit your credentials to the IDP.
The IDP checks that the credentials are correct and authenticates you.
The IDP responds to Viedoc with a signed "envelope," saying that the authentication went well.
Viedoc processes the received envelope and checks its contents. It should at least contain your unique identification key so that the application can match it with its own records.
Viedoc allows you to access the system.
Find out how our SSO solution can be implemented in your organization at any time — reach out to us for more information.
100% compatible, 100% reliable
Being the industry leader in releasing a new eClinical suite version every 6-8 weeks is often met with praise and appreciation. For years Viedoc has been at the front of the pack — releasing at a phenomenal rate. But with so many new releases is study data safe and reliable? The answer is a resounding yes.
We consider a new release of Viedoc to be successful when the implementation goes unnoticed by the all users of ongoing studies. With all newly created functionality in the system, we ensure this is not engaged until you are ready. You are in control at all times to decide how to run your studies best, and you get to choose whether or not to use new functionality and when to use it.
All our developers know we have a set requirement to be 100% backward compatible. The reason for this requirement is straightforward — a new release should never require a change in the study configuration of ongoing studies or require the revalidation of the setup of those trials. By being 100% backward compatible, we ensure that your study will look and work the same for all users from beginning until the end.
Happy Midsummer from Sweden
We at Viedoc Technologies, want to wish our colleagues, and our many partners and friends around the world a happy midsummer!
Midsummer is one of the oldest and most widely celebrated traditions in Sweden. It signals the beginning of summer when nature bursts into life after a long winter of Scandinavian darkness. Midsummer marks a magical time when darkness is replaced with light. In fact, the sun doesn't set at all in some parts of Sweden at this time of year.
Midsummer celebrations are full of singing, dancing, and handmade wreaths made of wild June flowers. These festivities have their roots in ancient traditions going back further than the time of the Vikings. Many myths and folktales have survived the centuries to become traditions today.
One of these traditions is to pick seven types of flowers and place them under your pillow at night to dream of good things to come. Give it a try, no matter where you are in the world.
Midsummer is a magical holiday celebrating light and hope, something everyone can use a little bit more of these days.
2019年9月1日，UMC将发布正式中文版WHODrug字典，作为帮助本地用户更好使用本地语言的通用药物编码字典的一步。中文版本名称为WHODrug Global Chinese，包括除了在WHODrug Global中收录以外的在中国获批的药物信息。WHODrug Global Chinese包括了中国的ATC的文本和ATC的层次结构，此类信息将会被持续更新为中文。WHODrug Global Chinese可以帮助用户在中国境内甚至境外更容易递交数据。
5月16日，WHODrug User Group Meeting在北京举行，Viedoc代表有幸分享了新字典在Viedoc医学编码中的高效使用。由于Viedoc的灵活的数据结构和先前同结构英文版的上传，安装启用无需任何对于平台的修改和更新可直接上传。
随着互联网的普及，很快催生了基于网络的 EDC 软件。此时研究中心可以使用自己的电脑并把数据直接发送至主数据库，这又进一步优化了数据录入流程。自此 EDC 领域不断演进，如今，研究者一点击保存键，数据便即时保存，相关工作人员就能够实时访问数据、提出及回复质疑、锁定数据或者对数据签名。
各法规规定研究者负责将 eCRF 存档。现行存档办法是将数据以 PDF 备份的形式刻录至 DVD 或蓝光光盘中，并将光盘寄送至研究中心。研究者须审核并确认光盘中确实包含所录入的数据。该办法的问题在于，光盘所包含实则是数据库的 PDF 形式的打印文件（本质上为截屏），并非是原始录入数据的备份。全球各管理机构的监管人均不同程度地质疑如此文件是否能真实反映事实（即是否能完全呈现研究中心切实录入的、审核通过的内容）。
在数据被保存之时，Viedoc 便为数据生成一份具有同时性的 PDF 文件。并且，数据并不存储在申办者唯一控制的服务器上，而是存储在 Viedoc 的服务器上，研究者可随时访问该服务器（与存储在研究者的研究中心具有同等法律效力）。其他做法，如在保存数据以后的日期生成 PDF 文件（很多其他 EDC 系统采用如此做法）意味着这些 PDF 文件不具有同时性，因此并不满足同时性要求。
而且，eCRF 中的所有数据均满足同时性要求——不仅仅是某个数据子集（如所谓的“电子源”）。由于 Viedoc 在数据录入的时刻便同时地将数据采集进 PDF 文件中，因此申办者就不需要再动用其他的系统来捕捉或者对录入进、或转录至 eCRF 的数据存档。
Things to consider when collecting data from patients using ePRO
Patient self-reported data is playing a key part in efficacy, quality of life assessment and safety data collection in clinical trials. Bring Your Own Device, aka BYOD, enables a patient to capture such data on a device the patient is already familiar with, e.g. a smartphone, tablet or computer.
ViedocMe, our web-based ePRO solution, is an integrated part of our EDC platform Viedoc and allows patients to report clinical trial information directly from their mobile devices into the eCRFs available in Viedoc. Thanks to the integration, deploying a study diary and/or questionnaire in ViedocMe is not only more cost-effective than traditional ePRO trials, but can also be done in much less time.
ViedocMe builds on our vision of the future for how to handle patient reported data. For more information and a comparison between different solutions, see our white paper “The Future of ePro Platforms”, written in 2015 and still accurate.