“If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t get fixed”

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Could applying problem solving the engineering way to heart disease be the key to reverse the epidemic that medical professionals haven’t been able to solve? It’s an interesting idea that gets to the root of the problem (instead of just managing symptoms).

Listen to this talk by Ivor Cummins, where he offers an alternative way of treating heart disease.

Watch a part of the presentation above, where he talks about the problem with the lack of suitable measurements in the medical community (transcript). The full video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Solving health problems like an engineer – Ivor Cummins

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  1. Cassieoz
    Funny, this is how I was trained as a doctor, and isnt some unique characteristic of engineers. I think docs get overwhelmed by bureaucracy (nationally funded and insurance funded schemes), inertia (ditto plus 'academia), vested interest ( all the above plus industry and politics) and fatigue. I gave up practice because it's no fun any more and I burned out. We need to get this whole idea (don't institute change without measuring if it actually works) to politicians in the hope that they just stop throwing money at projects and justify it with 'belief', 'common-sense' (whatever that actually means) and 'some lobby group/industry/marginal electorate expects it'.

    End of soap-box ?

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