Measurements in Medicine

Excellent article in the New York Times delineating the issues with the phenomenon of over-measuring in both education and healthcare.  Sometimes measurement is good, and sometimes it can be wasteful and counterproductive.

From the article: In medicine, for example, measuring the rates of certain hospital-acquired infections, has led to a greater emphasis on prevention and has most likely saved lives.  On the other hand, measuring whether doctors had documented that they provided discharge instructions to heart failure or asthma patients at the end of their hospital stay sounds good, but turns out to be an exercise in futile box-checking, and should be jettisoned.