In Q4 of 2011, a large pharmaceuticals customer of Symplified approached us to help them meet their compliance needs for the “Sunshine Act” (sometimes referred to as “Sunshine Laws”), under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (“PPACA”). The Sunshine Act requires pharmaceutical companies to publicly report on direct spending with doctors to promote their drugs.
The reasoning goes a bit like this: Imagine you bring your sick child to a doctor, and the doctor recommends a specific drug to treat your child’s illness. Once the public reports are available, you’ll be able to go to a government run site to find out what company makes that drug, and then look to see how much that company (and its distributors) have spent on that doctor specifically to promote the drug. You can now make a more informed decision in deciding if that is the right drug for your child. Companies had to start recording this spending data as of Jan 1, 2012. It will be made publicly available in March of 2013.
When they approached us, the customer already had in place an “External Supplier Portal”, powered by Symplified. They were in process of building an application where their distributors could record the needed information. But they were missing an infrastructure to externally provide it and manage identity and access to it.
Enter Symplified. We were able to add the additional application to the External Supplier Portal, where they could externally expose the application for access. They were also able leverage their existing Active Directory identity store to manage access to this newly needed application.
Symplified’s identity and access management infrastructure were easily extended to help our customer meet this new compliance initiative.