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The authors of this paper conducted a detailed study of hospital performance over a four year period. Using difference-in-differences regression analysis they assessed improvement in hospital operations in myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia care. Results indicated that use of electronic health records can have a positive, negative, or null effect on hospital operations. Researchers suggest that hospitals need to employ a set of criterion for electronic health record measurement, functionality, and use.