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Verizon extends healthcare focus to pharma sector

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Verizon is extending its healthcare focus to now include the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. This was recently announced at the Drug Information Association show in San Diego, California. Verizon, who has been helping to transform the delivery of healthcare in the US through a growing portfolio of IT solutions, unveiled two new industry-specific solutions designed to help companies keep up with increasing regulatory requirements for this sector.

Available immediately in the US and Europe, Verizon is launching a portfolio of GxP (Good x Practices) Services for managing sensitive clinical and drug manufacturing data in the Verizon cloud or from select data centres. The company also entered into a partnership agreement with rfXcel whereby Verizon will provide its complementary cloud and data centre service options to clients. rfXcel provides a serialisation solution that helps companies track and trace pharma from manufacturing to distribution.

“Companies within the sector are struggling today to meet growing regulatory requirements,” said Rich Black, Vice President, Verizon’s healthcare practice. “We have found that our IT infrastructure which leverages our cloud, security and technical expertise can enable them to address this burden. We recently met with several large pharma companies and they were energised to learn that Verizon’s infrastructure services can be used to address what is clearly a pain point for them.”

Five ways GxP benefits the pharma industry

Verizon’s GxP services include colocation, managed hosting, and enterprise cloud solutions in three of the company’s premier global data centres, as well as professional services to size/scope the architecture and enable deployment. Verizon’s GxP services are helping companies to take advantage of:

Geographic coverage: Locations in North America (Culpeper, Va. and Miami, Fla.), and Europe (Amsterdam)

Foundational security: GxP services come with a baseline ISO 27001 certification

Quality management: Are managed under Verizon’s quality management programme to deliver qualified infrastructure with appropriate sign-offs on standard operating procedures and to ensure proper training, policies and document/ record control

Agility enablement: Framework provides options to manage rapid growth, support alternative cost models (OPEX versus. CAPEX) and help accelerate new market expansions.

Focus on core competencies: Enables the outsourcing of existing non-strategic systems to free up internal resources for strategic initiatives.

EP News BureauMumbai

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