Digital Transformation of Workplace Health and Safety

The global economy suffered major disruptions, with many businesses either being shut down or forced to make significant operational and work culture adjustments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies were forced to quickly transform into remote work environments at an unprecedented pace. Further, they needed to adjust product mix and production levels while integrating new government recommendations and regulations in addition to addressing worker safety issues during the pandemic. This led to a paradigm shift of business decision makers learning the strategic importance of technology, and even more so, employee health and safety, as a critical component of business resilience and agility.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to be a major factor with multiple variants including Delta, companies are now increasing their transition to a digital operating environment that provides more agile ways of improving safety programs to meet the changes for both employees and clients on a daily basis in a rapidly changing world.
In a recent survey of 899 C-level executives and senior managers, it was noted by McKinsey Global that COVID-19 has pushed many companies to rapidly increase their rate of digitization and technology adoption with permanent digital transformation of business operations. Survey respondents shared that their companies have accelerated the digitization of customer and supply chain methodologies, along with internal operations, by three to four years due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused worker health and safety to become a hot button. This COVID crisis has become a turning point for many companies that had been reluctant to recognize the value of investment in health and safety management technology in the belief that EHS digitization would not provide a significant return on investment (ROI). This pandemic has opened the eyes of many who can now see that paper-based approaches for worker safety are not going to be sufficient to protect workers, reduce worker exposure, and ultimately ensure business resilience during a pandemic, a substantial economic downturn, or an enduring natural or manmade disaster.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Moving forward, employers are looking to accelerate their digital transformation of EHS to protect their workers and reduce costs, as well as improve overall organizational resiliency. In this unprecedented transformative process, it’s no longer only about safety leaders seeking to digitize their EHS workflows – all stakeholders involved in workplace health (employers, HR, insurance, workers’ comp employees, managed care providers, third-party administrators) are moving towards digitization.
As a result of rapidly shifting governmental and agency regulations during the pandemic, firms in industries with heavy regulatory and compliance requirements such as pharmaceutical and life sciences, research and development, insurers, and healthcare professionals are now primary drivers of EHS digitization. In these industries, the risks of noncompliance can be severe, and the ability to digitally monitor and predict business risks is vital to maintaining competitiveness.
Leading technology vendors like Xybion have responded to this initiative to digitally transform EHS workflows with a cutting edge cloud-based EHS platform, Emidence XD that provides the opportunity to digitally integrate all stakeholders in the employee health and safety profession. Xybion’s new White Paper will discuss the shifting EHS paradigm in detail, how a quality digital EHS platform can impact the worker’s health and safety journey, important features to look for when choosing your EHS software, and the benefits that various stakeholders can expect from a quality EHS solution utilizing a streamlined approach to unifying entire organizations.
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The New Paradigm

Promoting a strong safety culture with excellent safety program communication and engagement is difficult with paper-based processes considering many employees are remotely working, furloughed, or out of office for medical related illnesses and treatments. Because so many EHS professionals are now working from home, there is an added challenge in accessing, receiving, and reporting important EHS information both to employers and regulatory bodies such as OSHA. Industry-leading organizations are now focused on creating a cohesive and agile workforce safety program by implementing integrated, cloud-based EHS platforms.
The best EHS platform, Emidence XD, can ingest and analyze all of these different IOT data streams with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, giving managers unprecedented visibility, insight, and power to identify risks in real time, proactively protect workers, and improve process efficiency. These platforms provide a centralized database for a single version of the truth and serve as a worker health and safety management tool to facilitate the creation of a connected safety ecosystem. A total cloud-based EHS software can eliminate disconnected data siloes by integrating the exchange of data between different business functions – EHS, claims, finance, compliance, quality, operations, HR, and more.
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Digital Transformation of Workplace Health and Safety

Many organizations are now accelerating their transition to a digital operating environment that supports more agile ways of working to meet the seemingly daily changes to both employee and customer needs that are occurring in our rapidly changing world.

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Heidi Krueger

Head of Quality Assurance

Heidi leads Xybion’s Quality Assurance practice. She has over 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing quality assurance policies. Since joining Xybion in 2000, Heidi worked with several clients to design quality policies and ensure compliance. She is responsible to hosting Xybion customer audits. Heidi has a BA degree in Biology from The King’s College.

James Castonguay

Product Technology Lead

James provides leadership to Xybion quality management systems including product design, development and client delivery. James started working with Xybion in 2002 in its Canadian division. He is now managing product delivery from the United States. James has a master’s degree in mathematics and minor in informatics from the University of Sherbrook, Quebec, Canada.

Dave Chiaramonte

Enterprise Assets and HSE Leader
Dave brings diverse and deep expertise to his leadership role as the leader of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Employee Health & Safety line of business. Dave has over twenty years of experience within the Information Technology industry including development, implementation and integration of complex Enterprise Systems in large corporate environments. He is a highly regarded technology leader in IBM’s Maximo Asset Management Product implementation. Dave worked with BMS and Dupont pharmaceuticals before joining Xybion in 2004.

Tom Klapmuts

Digital Lab Solution Leader

Tom provides leadership in design, delivery and revenue growth of Xybion digital lab solutions. He is an experienced client solutions manager with a demonstrated history of working with many clients globally to solve their business problems. Tom has training in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Life Sciences, CRO Management, and Clinical Development. Before joining Xybion, Tom worked for pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Schering Plough. Tom is a Purdue university alumnus.

Priya Rajesh

Head of Sales: APAC | Head of Operations: India

Priya is responsible for Xybion business growth in APAC region. She brings over two decades of experience in Business Consulting and Operations Management. Her deep expertise in diversified areas, including strategic alliance and partnership management, diversity and inclusivity initiatives and employee development, will amplify Xybion’s global strategic relationships and will strengthen the company’s executive leadership in India. In her last role at Conduent, she served as Director-Marketing & Bid Management. Prior to this, Priya has worked with Infosys and Covansys (now CSC). Priya holds degrees in microbiology & health management.

Raji Bijur

Head of Quality Control & CSV

Raji leads Xybion Quality Control function. She has over 22 years of experience in software quality management, CSV, SQA, software process & KPI development and industry benchmarking. She has strong process implementation knowledge including ISO, CMMI, Agile, Scrum, Six Sigma, Lean. Certified CSQA, CSV, GCP, and GAMP. Raji has led implementation of QC processes in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) projects. Before coming to Xybion in 2019, she worked with IQVIA (Former Quintiles), Infosys, Aris Global, Mphasis and serving clients across different market segments. Raji has a bachelor’s degree in information science & technology and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Bob Friedman

Chief Solution Architect

Bob Friedman has over 25 years of experience in Preclinical information systems at Xybion Corporation as a developer, development manager and Chief Solution Architect. He has been an active member of the CDISC SEND standards consortium for five years as well as the PhUSE / FDA Industry Collaboration. Bob has previously worked for Synthes Orthopedics, NYU Medical Center and the New York State Department of Health. He has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gokul Panda

Head of Platform and Product Development

Gokul is the Head of Platform and Product Development, responsible for developing new and critical platforms and products. He has over 20 years of enterprise software development in the life sciences industry and related fields. Gokul holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science, and Technology. Gokul’s unrivaled expertise in enterprise software architecture and solutions provides Xybion’s clients with leading product functionality, innovation, and platform stability.

Anu Roy

Chief Solutions Delivery Officer

Anu manages project delivery and relationship. She has over 18 years of Life Sciences industry and IT services experience. Anu has a strong track record of designing and developing digital solutions, management consulting, quality & compliance Management, CLM, process & key metrics design, program execution & improvement and account management. Anu is a recipient of the STEM WOC ‘Technology Rising Star ‘by US Women’s magazine in 2014. She has received several other awards including Infosys Consulting Architect Award for outstanding achievement in 2011, RCL Crown Golden Brain Award in 2013. Anu is a guest columnist at Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor and published in several international business magazines. Anu has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and MBA in marketing.

Keith Dempsey

Chief Information Officer

Keith Dempsey has joined Xybion as our global CIO. He brings 20+ years of progressive Information Technology experience from Merck, AIG, Barclays and PriceWaterhouse. Focusing his career on building global strategies that capitalize on progressive technologies that scale in accordance to realized business growth. His experiences range from introducing new technologies that facilitated a competitive advantage for Merck, introduced new and scalable technologies for AIG Investments, and created progressive global organizational improvements for Barclay’s Capital. Keith has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from William Paterson University.

Steve Porfano

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Steve manages Xybion corporate function which includes Finance, HR, Legal and QA. Steve joined Xybion in 1989 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1991. As Chief Financial Officer, Steve is responsible for the establishment, enhancement, coordination and administration of the Company’s financial systems, internal controls, and related areas. Additionally, he is the corporate liaison to the Company’s bank, independent certified public accounting firm and governmental compliance and financial auditors.

Kamal Biswas

President & Chief Operating Officer

Kamal joined Xybion as its President and Chief Operating Officer in 2018. He is an acknowledged leader in the life sciences industry and has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting and pharmaceutical business. Very recently, Kamal was a Partner and leader of the global Life Sciences practice at Infosys Consulting. Before that, he spent several years working with pharma companies including Novartis Pharma and Ciba Geigy to manage manufacturing and late-stage R&D functions.

Pradip K. Banerjee, Ph.D., MBA

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Banerjee is an entrepreneurial senior executive with 30+ years of in-depth experience in the global Life Sciences, Healthcare and Services industry in global operations, strategic management, business development, investments and new ventures creation, M&A and Buy-outs. Prior to acquiring Xybion in 2008, Pradip served as President and CEO of Science Center in Philadelphia focused on creating, incubating, managing and investing in science based new companies. He was the Partner-in-Charge of the pharmaceutical Research & Development unit of Accenture where he created the R&D consulting unit and had grown it to become $100+ million worldwide business. Dr. Banerjee holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Wharton Business School of University of Pennsylvania.

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