Seventy-two percent of respondents to a recent HIMSS survey expect their information technology operating budgets to increase, compared with 55 percent responding to the same survey a year ago.

Forthcoming meaningful use incentives and an improving economy are contributing factors for the increase, according to results of the 21st Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Leadership Survey. The 398 respondents to the Web-based survey in December and January represent nearly 270 health care organizations and nearly 700 hospitals. Eighty five percent of respondents were senior I.T. executives and 66 percent were corporate CIOs. Other survey results include:

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