Decision-making in the time of a pandemic

We as radiation oncologists stay in the realm of unknowns. We deal with uncertainties and since ages have been trying to reduce them with more quantifiable measures. Viral pandemics are almost "similar"; start off somewhere and end up infecting nations. The current crisis is a case in point. How the pandemic is going to unfold … Continue reading Decision-making in the time of a pandemic

Zoom privacy: Your video conferences aren’t as private as you think

I am not surprised at this assertion. As the coronavirus cases surge across the world, people are adjusting to the remote work from home as the new normal. Zoom's "privacy policy" is under focus- which is surprising because it has no legal, substantial weightage. It is a policy that a company would enforce itself to … Continue reading Zoom privacy: Your video conferences aren’t as private as you think

AI snake oil in education

Pattern recognition is the holy grail of AI and machine learning. As such, its practical implementation is being explored everywhere- education, healthcare and "self-driving cars". It is a solution looking for a problem. One of the reasons why the vacuous debates happen around the AI is because of its liberal constructs. Many startups have found … Continue reading AI snake oil in education

Healthcare assessment: Coronavirus Is Exposing Deficiencies in U.S. Health Care

No healthcare system is "perfect". This novel virus has been declared as a "pandemic" (wherein a vast majority of individuals have no prior immunity to it). There have been some rumours about this being biowarfare, but I digress. The range of plausible deniability is immense that would make it impossible for anyone to pin it … Continue reading Healthcare assessment: Coronavirus Is Exposing Deficiencies in U.S. Health Care

Telegram for Oncologists: Moving towards alternative methods of “CME”

I was speaking to someone who's in the same pain point as I was during my residency- access to study resources and textbooks. The volume of literature has grown manifold since then. I did my residency in the pre-broadband era (we were moving towards it), and Dropbox was just a startup. Facebook had just started … Continue reading Telegram for Oncologists: Moving towards alternative methods of “CME”