"The pace of change in the US healthcare system reminds me of a seminal book, Future Shock, which defined a psychological state in which people get “disoriented” because of “too much change in a short a period of time”. The situation is exacerbated by what the author, Alvin Toffler, called “information overload”, a term that was used for the first time in that book. Toffler is one of the few futurists who actually seems to have been able to predict the future----at least in the health care space. With the health insurance exchanges opening for business in October of this year, employer fines and individual mandates hitting next January, and the pace of hospital and doctor consolidation exceeding anything we have seen before, separating the “signal from the noise” in the overload of information out there is critical---both to rational planning and to staying “oriented” (another word for sane)."
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