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Hospitals and health systems are dedicating more resources to information technology operations than they were five years ago, according to Hospitals & Health Networks' 2012 Most Wired Survey. The survey, which measures progress in the implementation and use of health IT, found that the mean percentage of IT operating expenses as a percentage of total operating expenses grew from 2.9 percent (actual) in 2007 to 4.0 percent (budgeted) among all survey respondents and grew from 3.1 percent (actual) to 3.6 percent (budgeted) among hospitals that achieved certain benchmarks across four categories and were named Most Wired.

IT capital expenses showed more modest growth during the same period for all survey respondents: 16 percent since 2007. Among the Most Wired, IT capital expenses declined by 1 percent.

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