NIH speeds drug trials with digital signatures

At the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute is pioneering the use of secure online transactions to speed up clinical drug trials. The traditional, manual process of getting the paperwork to begin a clinical trial completed usually takes three to five days. By using digital signatures and secure identities, NCI and the Safe Biopharma Association say they're aiming to cut that time down to just a few hours. Besides being faster, the digitally signed documents also make the paper trail more searchable and auditable.