Federal officials often tout the supposed benefits of its Meaningful Use electronic health records program, namely that physician adoption of these EHRs in their practices is leading to improved healthcare delivery and outcomes. However, so far, the evidence doesn't appear to support the association between physician use of MU EHRs and quality of care.

Case in point: Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, whose doctors have been spearheading the EHR effort, has achieved mixed results when it comes to an important MU criteria--quality. A study published April 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine of 858 doctors at the hospital and its affiliated ambulatory practices--all of whom were using EHRs--found no connection between MU and quality for seven clinical quality measures included in the federal government's program. 

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