Saturday, March 31, 2018

Nuclear and Healthcare Decision Making

Nuclear warfare operations was my data-driven decision making environment before the healthcare phase of my career. It was all about recognizing false positives, false negatives, real time surveillance, predictive analytics, risk assessment, pre-planned protocols to follow in various situations, and determining which of those protocols was best to mitigate the risk without making the situation worse, avoiding adverse events where the consequences were immeasurable... all of that conceptual framework overlaps precisely with healthcare decision making.

Below is a link to a news article and video about my past life in nuclear operations. I was the airborne command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) officer, as well as one of two members of the battle staff who were responsible for "turning keys" and launching all 1,000 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) if the ground command and control systems and crews were destroyed and unable to fulfill this responsibility.

On Board the "Doomsday Plane" That Can Wage Nuclear War

Monday, March 5, 2018

Anna's Interesting Choice of Books

These are the five books that our 4-year old daughter, Anna regularly pulls from our bookshelves to "read." Why she chooses them, I don't know, but there's probably something significantly symbolic about it. Mom gave me The Bible. The Quran, Book of Mormon, and Daily Thoughts and Prayers (Vendanta Hindu), were given to me by dear friends whose different religious beliefs influence and make me a better person by their role model. The Statistics text is from Laure's masters degree. To me, it symbolizes the uncertainty in all religions in their attempts to explain humankind's existence in the Universe. We can only approximate our understanding.

Why does Anna choose these books? Is it just random?  It will be interesting to see her life unfold.

Musings About Life's Purpose from Yellowstone

"Spiritual (or immaterial) inequity is now as great a problem as material inequity, perhaps even greater. People have enough to live, b...