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The explosion in healthcare information and “big data “has been one of the most written about topics in the last few years. These big data in the form of electronic health records, diagnostic tests, genomics, proteomics, not to mention data from wearable devices and apps have the potential to transform healthcare. That potential can only be realized though through the application of advanced analytics to recognize patterns from the vast information available. As such, disciplines such as pattern recognition play a pivotal role in the future of healthcare.
Cytel CTO Nitin Patel, recently sat down with ECHOES (a magazine for statistics in clinical trials) to discuss his vision of the future of statistics and statistical programming within the biopharmaceutical industry.
Patel argues that the global reach of statistics in an era of big data will affect both statistical technique and communication. As a result, he encourages aspiring statisticians to gain a solid foundation in advanced computational methods, Bayesian techniques, and also a range of global film and world literature.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Patel also discusses what he views as three critical factors for successful entrepreneurship. Drawing on his experiences as a founder of Cytel, and also from his several years of teaching at the MIT Sloan School and the Indian Institute of Management, Patel notes the importance of developing risk-taking abilities, and drawing on trust and teamwork to counter some of the uncertainties of an unconventional career path.