March 1, 2010 -- Along with an improving economy, the concept of "meaningful use," is driving increased health care technology investment, according to the 21st Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) study released today.

Among the high points in the survey, 72 percent of respondents expect their IT budgets to increase, consistent with 2008 levels and a rebound from last year, when only 55 percent predicted an increase. Staffing is also predicted to rebound with 66 percent expecting to increase the number of IT personnel.  

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