Did you realize that people are wondering whether the field of Statistics is dead? In its wake (pun fully intended) many are prepared to usher in Data Science as big data evolves to give us useful predictive and descriptive models. Some data experts are now asserting that whether Big Data heralds the demise of Statistics or not, specialized medical knowledge is key to using the Big Data tools effectively in the field of healthcare.
...there are Data Science courses full of computer programmers that are learning how to handle data, use Hadoop and R, program in Python and plug their data into Artificial Neural Networks. It seems that we’re creating a generation of Computer Programmers that, with the addition of a few extra tools on their CV, claim to be expert Data Scientists. I think we’re in dangerous territory here. It’s easy to learn how to use a few tools, but much much harder to use those tools intelligently to extract valuable, actionable information in a specialised field. If you have little/no medical knowledge, how do you know which data outcomes are valuable?