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Protecting Clinical Research Documents From Natural Disasters

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 10:48:09 AM

Flooding in Houston. Wildfires in Sonoma. Utter devastation in San Juan. Natural disaster has dominated recent headlines, providing a sobering reminder of just how susceptible we are to the power of nature. Watching the news coverage of people struggling to rebuild lives, homes, and businesses, I find myself wondering if it is even possible to be prepared for such incredible destruction. There are limitations to how much you can protect yourself and your property, and given the level of destructive force on display in recent disasters, it seems the only truly viable precaution is to be somewhere else.

As part of a disaster preparedness strategy for clinical research sites, going paperless is an important step towards moving essential resources to a place of safety. Paper documents can burn. They can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. So in the event of some catastrophic event, the best place for critical study documents to be is far, far away, in digital form. And the beauty of maintaining digital documents is that they can be stored simultaneously in multiple locations. That’s exactly what Complion does for its clients.

Using Complion’s eRegulatory and Document Management system, essential documents and other research data for Complion clients is backed up in redundant, US-based servers built specifically for the life sciences industry. For this purpose Complion uses a network of enterprise data centers owned and operated by ByteGrid, a leading compliant hosting company and HIPAA hosting provider. Each fully-compliant data center features redundant multiple power sources and cooling, state of the art fire and smoke detection and suppression systems, carrier-neutral internet connection, and the highest-level security in order to insure that all research data is safe, secure, and available when and where you need it.

Complion ensures that your research documents and data remain safe and accessible, even if disaster forces you to switch to a different location. In fact many of our clients in Florida, California, and elsewhere have recently come forward to express their relief and gratitude for the level of safety and security Complion has provided for their research data. Despite catastrophic conditions, research sites can quickly resume their important work thanks to careful disaster recovery planning that includes safe and effective digital document management.

For more information on how you can protect your site’s critical documents and data against natural disasters, contact us today. 

Topics: eRegulatory, Paperless Research Sites, Document Management


Abbie Hosta

Written by Abbie Hosta

Abbie manages the educational and marketing efforts at Complion, a company dedicated to transforming the way clinical trial documentation is maintained. She is passionate about technology, education, and finding new ways to solve old problems. Her goal is to deliver knowledge and value in every interaction. Abbie has a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace University where she studied Marketing and Human Resources.

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