A technical bulletin released today highlights the impact technology has on the animal health industry, specifically on record keeping. Transcribed by T.S. Gatz, the report briefly describes the evolution of technology of locating information, but continues by explaining the importance of using digital technology in file storage today.

From Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) to simply searching existing files for a specific piece of information, the benefits of having a fully digital searchable database are abundant. Ultimately, it’s not only an inconvenience to misplace a hard copy file or to have an unsearchable electronic document; it can affect the cost of doing business. By storing documents on a digital system opposed to a low tech option, you proactively provide a solution that reduces cost and improves efficiency.

Securing important, regulatory documents is essential to the effectiveness of guidelines such as the ADT Rule and VFD Guidance. In today’s technology savvy world, it is important to take precautions to protect official documents. Many times the term electronic signature is used interchangeably between several technologies, which vary in level of security. As stated in this fore-mentioned technical bulletin, “A digital signature ensures the authenticity of the signer, binds the document and signer together and cannot be copied, tampered with or altered.”

The full technical bulletin, Technology Advances Animal Health by T.S. Gatz can be found on the GlobalVetLINK website.