It is always a delight when a company finds the perfect person for that important job. Such is the case in hiring Shrishaila Patil as Vice President of Statistical Programming for Navitas Life Sciences. “This Navitas Data Sciences assignment is very close to my heart,” says an enthusiastic Shrishaila Patil. “I am a people person and enjoy working closely with team members, and I want to do my best for the benefit of patients, Navitas, and my team,” he adds.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, “The share of workers 55 years and older who are working reached 39.2% in December of 2018.” That percentage continues to climb as the generation affectionately known as Baby Boomers drives the U.S. job growth.
It is projected that by 2030, 20% of the total U.S. population will be made up of people 65 years or older. That’s 72 million adults, many of whom are choosing to remain in the workforce instead of retiring. Although an estimated 10,000 Boomers are retiring daily, enough of them are staying at their jobs or rejoining the workforce after retirement, that they continue to make up the largest portion of the American labor pool.
It is hard to imagine clinical trials moving forward without 100% immersed involvement of Biostatisticians. They are essentially point persons for the pharmaceutical company, to ensure their clinical data will flow smoothly from the start of the trial, through to the end. Their role is as essential during monitoring activities, as it is in the beginning and closing stages. They are responsible for planning and monitoring interim analyses, and are tasked with the responsibility of assessing the safety and efficacy of the drug that is being studied.
The month of September brings with it a somber look at the unfortunate reality of death by suicide. September 10th marked World Suicide Prevention Day (the World Health Organization reports that every 40 seconds, someone in the world commits suicide), and here in the U.S., the entire month is dedicated to National Suicide Awareness. Sadly, there has been an alarming rise in suicide rates in the United States in the past twenty years, and we all need to take notice and do our part in helping those around us that may be in need.
As Data Scientists, we must always be aware of advances in technologies, and be prepared for what’s coming down the pike. It’s obvious to all of us by now, how the Internet of Things (IoT) is influencing just about every aspect of our lives. Our cars, home appliances, security systems, shopping preferences, and just about everything we touch, is connected in some way to the Internet. It is estimated that by this coming year, the IoT will comprise over 30 billion connected devices! Every industry has been affected by the internet’s expansion in some way, and now healthcare is taking its turn.