Most hospitals expect to spend more on point-of-care and other IT systems

A majority of hospital IT executives plan to spend more on IT in the coming year--with the health IT stimulus serving as a catalyst for that spending, a new survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reveals. 

Roughly 76 percent (153) of executives say they'll spend more on IT than in the previous year, with only 8 percent expecting to spend less. 

In breaking down how the money would be spent, most respondents (55 percent) believed that point-of-care systems would be their main focus. Fourteen percent listed data exchange as their No. 1 priority. 

The survey included U.S. facilities ranging from 100 to 400 beds, and involved 202 IT executives. It was conducted over the phone in October, InformationWeek reports.

To learn more about this survey:
- read this InformationWeek article