Outsourcing is becoming an increasingly popular way across many professions to get work done while enjoying cost savings and other benefits compared to hiring permanent staff.
In his article, Outsourcing Medical Communications, Clayton Luz discusses six advantages employers who outsource their medical writing needs enjoy. They include:
- Reduces payroll costs
- Provides flexibility
- Leverages core competency
- Leverages benefits of bundling of writing services
- Helps honor deadlines
- Provides consistency through vendor familiarity
He explains how these 6 benefits can save money within time and budget constraints.
Read Outsourcing Medical Communications and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. Are there additional benefits to medical writer outsourcing that you’ve experienced?
It’s no secret that pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life science companies are continuing to experience strong growth. But, as we all know, strong growth can put pressure on limited human resources. It can be especially difficult to maintain the level of in-house staffing to meet the ever growing communications needs of such companies.
Outsourcing can be a smart business strategy and is becoming an increasingly popular way to meet the human resources needs in bio-medical sciences.
In his article, Outsourcing Medical Communications, Clayton Luz, a veteran biomedical writer with over 25 years in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, discusses six primary benefits of outsourcing.
Read: Outsourcing Medical Communications and then leave a comment below with your thoughts. Are there additional benefits you’ve seen that aren’t discussed? Can you especially relate to one or more of those listed from your own experiences? Please leave a comment here with your thoughts.
One of the biggest concerns when you’re writing or printing a medical article for an audience is its accuracy and its uniqueness. If these are concerns that ring true for you, you may want to spend your labor budget on hiring proficient medical writers instead of using just any writer.
A medical writer is someone who is:
- Trained – with a medical background, often in the specialty field about which they write. When this is the case, you can count on helpful and accurate information. Many of these writers will also know how to explain information in lay terms.
- Resourceful – even if the medical writer isn’t completely knowledgeable about the topic, the writer has access to the resources needed to find information to support the writing.
If you’re a company in need of medical writing, you may not know where to begin. Too often, organizations will rely on their internal team to help out, even though they may not be the best people for the job. Instead, you can outsource medical writing to professionals who have written what you need written, and who have the experience to ensure your company looks its best.
Medical writers can help with the following needs:
Documentation can make or break your product, so it makes sense to invest in a technical writer so your users can understand what your product can do for them and how to use the product.
Many companies cannot afford or do not require full time technical writers. In other cases, staff writers are too busy with other priorities to get the documentation completed on time. What makes the most sense in these cases – and in others – is to hire a writer on a contract basis who can meet the needs of the project, however long or short that might be.
Jacquie Samuels discusses when it just makes sense to hire contract writers in her article, When Should You Hire a Contract Writers?.
Read the article and then leave a comment here. Are you aware of other situations in which bringing in contract technical writers is an especially smart move?
As a business strategy, outsourcing medical communications is an increasingly popular vendor model, primarily because of the potential for significant cost savings.
But not all of the benefits of outsourcing medical communications are budget related – at least not directly. The practice also provides opportunity for more flexibility and allows pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life science companies to focus on their core competencies.
Clayton Luz discusses some of the many benefits in his article, Outsourcing Medical Communications.
Read the article and then leave a comment here. Are there additional benefits to medical communications outsourcing that Clayton hasn’t discussed?
Medical writing isn’t just for the professionals in the healthcare field. Patients rely on documentation about their disease and how to care for loved ones in health situations. With well-written brochures and manuals, the patient can have something to turn to when they’re at home or in a hospital setting, helping them see if they’re on the road to recovery or if they need to check in with their healthcare provider.
Registration is now open for the STC (Society for Technical Communication) Summit for 2012. Most technical writers believe it’s the place to be to share ideas, learn about the current industry trends, and network with other writers and companies.
Many people may believe the pen is mightier than the sword, if the adage holds true, but many writers don’t realize their words can change the world. With a high-quality medical writer, the fight for better health care and for better standards of practice can be won, or, at least, made clearer.
What a Medical Writer Can Do
Medical technical writers are in a unique position to create documents that will be used by medical professionals and educators. With this role, they’re going to step into many different sub-roles, helping them complete various tasks:
Being an expert is a good thing. Being a technical writer is a good thing. But do the two have to go hand in hand?
While it’s certainly a good idea for medical writers to be experts in their field, especially when it comes to preparing documents for medical professional use, what about the everyday technical writer? And if you’re trying to hire a technical writer, do you need someone who’s an expert or do you just need a high quality writer? (more…)