AI and Life Sciences: Double the fun

Around the globe, artificial intelligence (AI) is all the buzz, including international healthcare events like DIA Europe and DIA Global. With the potential to revolutionize healthcare, accelerate drug discovery, and enhance patient outcomes, AI has sparked immense excitement in the life sciences — assuming it can find its ideal application.

Much like most new technology going through a hype cycle, the optimism of AI’s transformative capabilities is extremely high. Firms like Deloitte project, “Applying AI to big data in life sciences can help companies reshape business models, streamline biopharma manufacturing, and enhance everything from cognitive molecule research and clinical trial data flow to self-healing supply chain applications and product intelligence.”

SCA and AI will deliver an optimized authoring experience

Structured component authoring (SCA) is one alternative to traditional desktop publishing. These platforms can greatly improve the content development process for the life sciences by enabling collaboration from one source, enhancing auditing capabilities, and locking approved content into place.

For many solutions, including SCA, AI will likely provide significant benefits in the authoring and digitization of content, including:

  • Automating component generation
  • Improving user input interpretation
  • Suggesting relevant components based on context and preferences

Ultimately, AI has the potential to streamline the authoring process and increase productivity. Read on to learn how different applications of AI technology might enhance SCA solutions.

Content Booster #1: Natural Language Generation

What it is: Natural Language Generation (NLG) is a technology that helps computers create text or speech that sounds like humans by taking organized information and turning it into clear and logical stories using rules and algorithms. NLG systems study the input data, use language rules, and make text that people can read, like sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents.

How NLG could help SCA do more: NLG engines that can generate content based on data sets (e.g., create 100 pages of patient narratives that describe people in a clinical study) could be used to create the first draft of content into an SCA platform. For a solution like Docuvera designed with a content reuse model, NLG could leverage existing content in the system and assemble new documents.

Content Booster #2: Natural Language Processing

What it is: Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a branch of artificial intelligence that focuses on the interaction between computers and human language. It involves the ability of computers to understand, interpret, and generate human language in a way that is meaningful and useful.

How NLP could help SCA do more: NLP engines analyze text content and perform actions based on that analysis. With SCA, an NLP engine could suggest metadata (e.g., the vertigo code) to associate with a text component, thereby simplifying the component tagging process and overall migration to digital content.

Content Booster #3: Machine Translation

What it is: Machine translation (MT) is the process of automatically translating text or speech from one language to another using computer algorithms and techniques, and involves the use of software or systems that analyze the structure and meaning of the source language and generate an equivalent translation in the target language.

How MT could help SCA do more: Using MT, SCA solutions like Docuvera will have the capability to create content in different languages and lay versions of scientific documents. Though users will still need to review the machine translation to ensure it is fit for purpose, MT has the potential to alleviate the manual translation of content.

The future of documentation starts here

The promise of AI is real; give your medical information authors the tools they need today. Docuvera is the most efficient way to create, review and publish life sciences documentation via one intuitive, easy-to-use platform. With structured component authoring designed specifically for life sciences, our solution improves the efficiency of document creation, review, and revisions, reducing the time spent on projects. Schedule a demo today to learn how Docuvera can boost content authoring for your organization.

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