3 tips: How to get started
There are many benefits to reap when using practical AI and automation, but it’s also an approach that places demand on your business. Tareef Roustom offers his best advice on how to get the most out of it:
1. Assess your needs
AI and cloud-native platforms are designed to create TMF-ready documents at scale, and they require a stable internal TMF and established process in order to avoid the need for retraining the AI models and changing the automation flows:
— Even though most companies could benefit from automating the quality control of their clinical documents, the AI systems we use require stable internal TMFs and good-quality data to be able to achieve maximum potential. A helpful rule of thumb is to have an eTMF that has been in use for at least one year and around 50,000 documents covering the entire TMF to train the AI, as well as a monthly flow of a minimum of 10,000 documents to gain full benefit from the solution and make the solution economically viable, explains Roustom.
The platforms are therefore ideal and particularly beneficial for medium-sized and large companies.
2. Understand your processes and be prepared for change
It may seem overwhelming, but if you want to get the full benefit out of automation, it’s important that you review your current TMF processes. Established and well-defined processes are crucial for a successful transition and integration process:
— You must have full control of your processes. Our recommendation is to dedicate 70% of the effort associated with adopting AI in your TMF creation process to disambiguating processes and 30% to technology. This approach enables the identification of automation potential with the highest ROI, as well as the ease of integration with your downstream processes and systems.
3. Take a critical look at your digital maturity
To guarantee success, the business has to be digitally mature. Take a critical look at your business and decide whether you are ready to take the next step:
— What technologies do you currently use? And how disruption and digital-friendly is your IT landscape? Take a look at your Microsoft ecosystem and assess how the different systems work together. There are big synergy benefits to be gained in using the Power Platform along with Azure cloud and the services built into both, concludes Roustom.