The U.S. health care industry will increase spending on information technology by 2.6% 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%, and 2007, when it grew 7%, says John Lovelock, Gartner’s research VP for health care. Nevertheless, I.T. spending will grow more in health care during 2009, than any other sector of the U.S. economy, he says.

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