Health Exchange Helps Flint

The Michigan health information exchange Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) is investing money to help coordinate care among Genesee County providers.

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GLHC plans on spending $250,000 to put in place a groundwork for care coordination in Flint. The groundwork will help prepare for the long-term health effects stemming from the Flint water crisis.

As over 420,000 Flint residents have been exposed to lead through the contaminated water, many will require intensive treatments throughout their lives.

GLHC is partnering with the Greater Flint Health Coalition to connect medical practices. This will help to improve analytics and address the expected future care requirements of those contaminated by the lead.

This data exchange will allow for more accurate and efficient care for those dealing with issues stemming from the contaminated water.

40 doctor offices are expected to be connected to streamline care for lead contamination in Genesee County.

How exactly will the money be used?

  • $100,000 will be used to create the Community Interface Grant to pay for the infrastructure;
  • $90,000 will be used to pay for an implementation consultant;
  • $50,000 will be used for an analytics engine; and
  • $10,000 will be used to train those involved.

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