Technology spending by local health agencies to reach $19.3B by 2017

Healthcare IT spending by state and local health and human services agencies will increase $2.7 billion over the next five years to $19.3 billion, according to a new report published this week by enterprise software provider Deltek. The implementation of health insurance exchanges, as well as pushes to "modernize systems supporting mean-tested benefit programs" are among a handful of factors keying the projected growth, according to Chris Dixon, Deltek senior manager of state and local industry analysis. "With sustained high levels of unemployment, states and localities will continue to see increased demand for social services programs," Dixon told Healthcare IT News. Article