In the Spring 2013 Economic Outlook from provider alliance Premier Inc. that included surveying 530 hospitals and health systems, 43 percent of respondents expect health information technology and telecommunications to be its largest capital investment during the next year.

That’s up 21 percent from two years ago, according to Premier, and reflects the need for increased health information exchange. Thirty-two percent of respondents are unable to share data across the continuum of care.

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