This feature is EpiCenter’s utilization of Epicor’s Document Management capability, as well as IDC (Intelligent Data Capture). In installations where there is a significant amount of outside data (test reports, certificates of compliance, etc) and it is necessary to pull this data into Epicor so it can be evaluated and used for actionable production initiatives, we suggest using IDC.
For instance, perhaps an organization has years of metallurgical test results for castings used in producing implants. The physical data for each lot could be critical in identifying issues in the field, years after manufacture.
IDC is a system that ‘reads’ the existing record and can have heuristic routines set up to apply logic to the process of ‘reading’ the document. It’s best if the documents are formatted, and when they are, the system can search for keywords like ‘element’ and then look to the right of that word, and ‘read’ the next word, and compare that word to a database of element names. If there is an exact ‘hit’, then a record can be written related to this document, with its accompanying values. If there isn’t a direct ‘hit’ but there is an 80% match, the word can be presented to a person for final determination. The process of reading thousands of pages of data and entering it into the system is significantly faster than doing it manually, and can greatly help not only with historical data but also posting new data from various sources. By validating the data against acceptable values, and building logic tests, an organization can develop very specific and reliable routines for reading data.
In cases where the information is not formatted, such as this document, the system scans and indexes every word, and the system can search every document for that word. This may not always be an optimal solution, but it’s still easier than manually thumbing through thousands of documents.
EpiCenter is very proud to be able to provide these strategic products aimed at the health sciences industry, to best eliminate cumbersome systems, and most efficiently help our health sciences clients with very efficient and flexible solutions.