By Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A health information organization is giving $250,000 to connect all health care providers serving residents affected by the crisis caused by lead in Flint’s drinking water.

Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Great Lakes Health Connect said Thursday its donation aims to electronically link all Flint-area hospitals and doctors’ offices so they can provide better, more timely care.

The plan is to securely store patient information that’s immediately accessible to health care providers.

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.

The money will pay for costs associated with connecting roughly 40 doctors’ offices, building the database and train those using it.

Great Lakes Health Connect is working with the area’s major health systems and Greater Flint Health Coalition.

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