Where hospital IT dollars are going

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Quick View. Posted May 8, 2006

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Large hospitals in the United States in 2006 will boost their spending on information technology by 3.1%.

A lot of that money will be spent on new clinical applications, according to a new survey, which is based on responses from 33 hospitals and health systems that have at least 1,000 employees.

Of those hospitals, 65% said that they expected to increase spending for data storage products to accommodate new clinical systems such as electronic medical records, picture archiving and communications systems, wireless and mobile infrastructure and other projects. Here are the areas where hospitals said they planned to increase spending this year:

Note: Total adds up to more than 100% because health systems could check off multiple items.

Source: Forrester Research, Cambridge, Mass.

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