For the last few years we’ve been moving our business away from the traditional ‘one time sell’ model, over to developing Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.

SaaS offers many advantages – and not just for the developer who aims to get more regular recurring income! Take MediRegs for example – our new software solution developed to help pharmaceutical companies comply with GDP guidelines.

Last week we read a blog from the industry regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which detailed updated guidance in terms of obligations placed on Pharmaceutical Wholesalers by the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 Regulation.

What the advice stated was two-fold:

  1. Wholesalers must be aware of issues that could affect their suppliers’ continued authority to supply
  2. There should be a procedure that ensures there are documented checks made at least twice a month of MHRA’s list of suspended licence holders

Essentially WDA licence holders are not only expected to check the list of suspended sites every 14 days, but they also need a procedure in place to document and prove that these checks are taking place.

MediRegs already had a detailed reporting section which shows:

  • When you (and your sub-users) have logged in
  • Which registration numbers were searched, and by whom
  • If you invited any sub-users (and what activities they did to your account).

But now we’ve added the ability to monitor how often users check the Suspended and Revoked license pages. What’s more, if any user hasn’t visited those pages for 14 days, then they will receive an email alert with a link requesting them to do that.

This is then recorded in the User Activity Archive, and an account manager is easily able to export the report and prove compliance.

In total this new development took less than 3 days from start to finish, and was rolled out to all live accounts at the same time. This is the real strength of the SaaS model – the ability to adapt and change to any new requirements and make sure your customers get those benefits long before it would ever be possible to update installable software, or even update your internal policies.

Check out MediRegs for more information.