By Howard Anderson   The U.S. health care industry will increase spending on information technology by 2.6 percent to $28.4 billion in 2009, according to Gartner Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based research and consulting firm.

Because of the recession, the rate of growth will be down substantially from 2008, when health I.T. spending grew 6.6 percent, and 2007, when it grew 7 percent, says John Lovelock, Gartner’s research VP for health care. Nevertheless, IT spending will grow more in health care during 2009, than any other sector of the U.S. economy, he says.

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