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3 Steps to Solving Your Medical Device Content Challenges

A common challenge we hear from medical device companies focuses on the complexity of creating multilingual content in support of global products. As the volume of medical device content grows, the list of required languages also increases, along with pressure to meet tighter timelines. Medical device organizations are struggling to effectively manage their content, ensure consistency and meet deadlines.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to the medical device content challenge, and it’s built around three important steps.

Step #1 – Create medical device content using Structured Authoring

Structured authoring applications allow content producers to build and validate consistently-structured content in modules that conform to your organization’s pre-defined rules. By building the content in a modular way, you not only ensure consistency, but you facilitate reuse of the content, which fosters standardization across your organization – so everyone works from the same approved version of the content.

Benefits of Structured Authoring

  • Higher productivity
  • Added consistency
  • Greater content reuse
  • Faster time to results

Step #2 – Manage content using a Component Content Management System

A component content management system (CCMS) stores, organizes and manages your modular content to allow easy reuse of the approved segments. This reduces both the cost of creating the content and localizing it for global use. Because component content is format-neutral, your content creators can focus on capturing the correct information, rather than on the look and feel of the final output. Updates and new variations are easy to make without revising entire documents, or wasting time searching for where the information is already published. You simply make the change once, and the CCMS knows all the places where that content component is used and updates it automatically.

Benefits of CCMS

  • No desktop publishing (DTP) required
  • Translation costs are reduced by 30-50% thanks to no DTP
  • A complete audit trail of all work, giving you full visibility

Step #3 – Translate content using a Translation Management System, powered by ISO-certified translation services

A Translation Management System (TMS) centralizes the management of your translation assets and enables workflows that automate the non-linguistic, manual parts of the translation process. What can be more than 30 manual steps in a typical, manual translation project is reduced to 5-6 manual steps when you use a TMS. This significantly reduces your cycle time and costs.

A TMS provides transparency and control, so your organization can more effectively manage the process of getting your content translated and the providers who do the translating. By centrally managing translation memories, not just centrally storing them, a TMS also ensures that you’re able to maximize the leverage of your linguistic assets.

Benefits of TMS

  • Eliminates manual steps
  • Reduces translation costs
  • Accelerates the translation process
  • Improves translation quality
  • Provides full control
  • Adapts to changing business needs

Translating highly-regulated medical content requires skilled and certified translators. It’s critical that you work with a provider that can provide an ISO-certified process that includes translators with both in-depth expertise in medical products and technologies, as well as local, in-market expertise.

Take your global medical device content to the next level

SDL’s dedicated Life Sciences practice works with medical device companies around the world to help streamline and automate the creation of their medical device content. Thanks to our comprehensive multilingual content solution, we are getting companies started where their needs are today and helping them grow with the solution as their challenges and requirements change.

If you’re currently struggling with your medical device content, we can help you too.