Manage your storyboards, inspections, and teams in one place, with all the features you need to thrive during GXP inspections.
The inspection management component is the heart and soul of Ready Room, allowing you to easily manage and respond to regulatory requests, even with a globally distributed team. It replaces your current ad hoc practices with a proven, visual, and intuitive workflow, greatly reducing the risk of delays and findings.
The inspection board is where the magic happens. It helps your team keep track of requests, alleviate bottlenecks, and gain real-time visibility into the state of the inspection.
Create an inspection
There's no limit. Create as many inspections as you want.
It takes only seconds to create and there's nothing to configure (unless you want to). Just fill in a few fields and click "Create." Create training, mock, and actual inspections.
Intuitive and accessible, your team will barely need training.
Ready Room provides an open five-stage workflow, from assign to release. Each stage is represented as a column, and columns are color coded to map to a team member's persona. Requests can be dragged and dropped from column to column, and vertical position is maintained. When requests enter (or re-enter) particular columns, associated team members are notified that their attention is needed.
Prefer to view requests as a table? No problem.
At the click of a button switched to a simple table view of all requests. This is valuable because it's the table view that allows you to sort requests.
Focus on what's important.
After a few days, the inspection board can get rather busy. Use Ready Room's powerful filters to focus on what you need to see. Importantly, filters are persistent. This allows you to split an inspection into arbitrary workstreams, say if multiple inspectors show up.
No more clicking refresh.
Every change to the state of the inspection is reflected immediately on every user's desktop, keeping the team perfectly in synch. Every time a request is created or updated, those changes are immediately propogated out to every user, regardless of where in the world they're sitting.
See who's looking at the inspection board.
As users enter and leave the inspection, their avatar is added and removed from the inspection screen. Now you'll always know when a team member is active.
When the inspector requests answers, documentation, or a SME to interview, this is captured in a "request," which is rendered as a "card" in the UI. From the time it's created until it's released, team members can assign particpants, create responses, upload documents, add comments, and more. It's a metaphor that just works.
Create a Request
A Communicator in the 'front room' captures inspector requests effortlessly.
Add a brief summary of the requests and, if necessary, a more detail description. You can even add a custom ID, labels, and the requesting inspector. New requests show up in the "Assign" column on everyone's board.
Get ready days or weeks ahead of time
There are some things that you just know the inspector's going to ask for. For these you can create 'staged' requests and send them through the workflow. Staged requests are kept separate from actual requests. If and when the inspector actually asks, just click the 'Activate' button to move the task to the inspection board.
An Assigner in the 'back room', opens the request, reads through it, and chooses the team members that will work on it.
You can add a primary assignee, a backup assignee, and a reviewer. The assigned team members are notified immediately when the card needs their attention.
Subject Matter Experts can easily attach documents
Add a rich-text (lists, tables, links) response or attach documents. File upload is an easy drag & drop operation. Files are stored securely in the cloud and there is no limit on the number of attached documents.
Track interviews with an inspector
Does the inspector need to talk with a subject matter expert? Create a ticket, assign the SME, and set up a video briefing. When the interview is complete, capture debrief notes on the ticket.
The assigned Reviewer QCs the request
Using the integrated file viewer, a reviewer can quickly click through any attachments to verify that the response is correct and well-presented. If not, they can send it back to the SME, or send it forward to the front room Host who can release it to the inspector.
Add custom meta-data to a request
Easily create color-coded labels and add them to a request to signal additional information to the team. Consider 'action' labels e.g., Urgent or Revise. Or labels that signal the type of request, e.g. Legal or Data Management.
See every significant change
Every change to a request's state is logged and is visible with a click. Now you'll know exactly who did what when. We even track when inspectors view or download attachments.
See who's editing the same request you are
When more than one team member is viewing the same request, their avatars are shown to the left. And if they make any changes, the change is shown to the right. This helps to keep users from overwriting another person's work.
After creating an inspection, it's time to start building your inspection team. Invite anyone from anywhere, including external partners, such as labs and CROs. You can even add inspectors!
Invite Team Members
Add as many people to the inspection as needed. There are no license restrictions.
Adding team members to an inspection is as simple as pasting in one or more email addresses and clicking "Invite." Users already in the system will be notified and added. New users will be invited to use Ready Room. Users can join from anywhere, they do not have to be employees of your firm.
Personas signal to the team what hat you're wearing.
There are six unrestricted personas: Communicator, Assigner, SME, Reviewer, Host, and Scribe.
There are also three restrcited personas: Restricted SME, Observer, and Inspector.
An admin gives a team member their initial persona. To accomodate dynamic and lengthy inspections, if a team member has an unrestricted persona, they can change it at any time.
Limit what certain SMEs can do
The Restricted SME persona limits the user's access to just the requests assigned to them. Restricted SMEs can only add responses, documents, and comments to these requests. Furthermore, they lose access to the request once it's been approved. In addition, Restricted SMEs can not see chat or scribe notes. This is the ideal persona for external partners and internal people with minimal training.
You can look, but you cannot touch
Team members given the Observer persona have view-only access to the inspection. They can see everything, but they can change nothing. This persona is useful for senior executives or even for displaying an ongoing inspection in a common area.
A persona that grants limited access to released requests
Adding an inspector allows you to mark a task with the requesting inspector's name. Later you can filter on that information and even upload documents to the inspector's Box account. Inspectors can also login to the system to access a very limit view of released requests. More on all this below.
Ready Room provides all the tools you need to keep everyone on your team communicating, collaborating, and in synch.
Get a team member's attention
Every time a request is moved into the Fulfill column, Ready Room will notify the assignees. And when it's moved to Review, we'll notify the reviewer. We will also notify team members when they are @mentioned in comments or chat.
A notification consists of an email, a pop-up on their display, and a persistent message in the notification panel that they can click on to view.
Real time messaging.
Ready Room provides team chat local to each inspection. Everyone can participate except Restricted SMEs and Observers. Use @mentions to notify team members as described above.
Easily video-chat with any and all team members or inspectors
Ready Room has partnered with Whereby to provide powerful, secure, and intuitive video conferencing, screen sharing, and chat right from the inspection screen. No download is required, and it "just works" in any browser.
Briefings are ideal for setting up interviews with inspectors, troubleshooting, team debriefs, or even all-day live team calls.
Keep everyone up to date with what's happening in the front room
Using Ready Room's auto-saving rich-text editor, Scribes can keep detailed minutes of what's happening in the front room. While other team members can follow along in real-time with our auto-scrolling viewer. Team members can scroll backwards even as the scribe continues to type. Powerful auto-formatting features support the touchiest of touch typists. And Grammarly integration means fewer typos. Create as many scribe notes as necessary. One per inspector per day looks to be the norm. Scribe notes can be searched, deleted, printed, and exported.
Ultimately, formal responses and documentation need to be delivered to inspectors. Don't worry, Ready Room has you covered.
Grant limited Ready Room access to inspectors
Via the inspector portal, inspectors can get a limited view of all released requests, seeing the initial request, the formal response, and the attached documents. Inspectors can view or download (configurable) attachments. They can mark tasks complete so as to filter them out of view. They can even request clarification of a response, sending the request back to the inspection team. Finally, the portal makes Briefings easily available to inspectors so they can interview remote SMEs. Oh, and if you want to, you can disable their access at any time.
Upload to Box
Inspector won't login? No problem.
More and more these days, inspectors are shaing Box folders with inspection teams. With just a few clicks, you can integrate Ready Room with Box so that you can upload released documents and cover sheets for inspector access—with arbitrary sub-folders. And if the inspector doesn't have a Box account, use yours!
Download for Manual Delivery on Removable Media
Inspector insists on using a flash drive/DVD/floppy disk? We got you.
Each requests has two permanent, dynamically generated files: a cover sheet (i.e., a PDF summarizing the request and suitable for giving to an inspector) and a zip file containing all attachments and the cover sheet. You can download that zip or download each file individually for copying to other media as requests are released. Or download a zip file of every file and every cover sheet across all released requests.
Metrics, Analytics, and Visibility
Team leads need information to successfully steer an inspection to completion
Status at a Glance
The workflow board is rich with information
The continuously sychrnonized inspection board provides current status at a glance. Not only does each column have counts of requests and attachements, the location of the cards tells a story. Is the Fulfill column getting too long? Maybe there's a SME who could use assistance. Need more information about a request? Click into it to see comments and change history. In addition, subtle color cues and creative labeling can tell you if requests are being ignored, taking too long, urgent, blocked, and more.
Powerful metrics and analytics are availble to more deeply unserstand and manage an inspection
Get rich, dynamic metrics about the number and status of requests, labels, attachments, and more. Get deeper insights into which SMEs are performing well or which may be overloaded. See the mean time it takes to release tasks by assignee and inspector. Use our powerful cumulative flow diagram (CFD) to visualize the inspection over time and spot bottleknecks or excess capacity.
For when you just need a pivot table
At any time, a team member can download a CSV containing every request in the system, which you can then open in Excel and manipulate as desired. Not enough? You can also download every request and every change that was ever made to it.
Storyboards allow you to develop your 'quality story.' Unifying stakeholders on the events and decisions that took place over the course of a clinical trial. The inspection readiness component implements centralized storyboards. Ready Room storyboards replace your current storyboard solution, which is most likely a series of PowerPoint decks on a shared drive somewhere.
Prepare your team for upcoming inspections
Associate storyboards with multiple inspections
A program is a named collection of inspections that share storyboards. You may use this to group training, mock, and actual inspections together. Or share storyboards for a single therapeutic across FDA, EMA, and other regulatory bodies.
Don't start from scratch, choose from over 160 prebuilt templates
Ready Room provides three generic templates: process, problem, and role & responsibility. More importantly, Ready Room also provides 160+ GCP and GMP templates. Just select the ones that apply to your clinical trial and fill in the blanks.
Tell Your Story
Create and refine storyboards over time
Use Ready Room's rich-text, auto-saving editor to create effective storyboards. Add images, tables, and links as needed. Upload relevant documents and associate metadata, such as protocol, site, and labels.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Assign storyboards to one or more team members. Use our unique "flash card" feature, to coach SMEs on how to correctly and concisely present the information to an inspector.
Filter and Sort
Find the storyboards you need
Over time, you may amass hundreds of storyboards. Use Ready Room's powerful filters to find just the ones you need. Filter by category, assignee, label, and content. Sort rows as desired and easily page back and forth among the filtered and sorted storyboards.
Convert Storyboards to Inspection Requests
Deliver the information
During the inspection, you will likely be asked for the information contained in the storyboards. You can create an inspection request from a storyboard at the click of a button.
Copy Storyboards to New Programs
Reuse storyboards across programs
Even inspections that are not logically grouped together will have storyboards that are largely the same. In Ready Room you can copy storyboards across programs, so you don't have to create them from scratch every time.
For any other use case
Print all storyboards or output to PDF. Export storyboards to CSV for use in Excel. Delete storyboards individually or in bulk. Restore deleted storyboards.