Without the power of electronic health records, the discovery of high levels of lead in the water supply of Flint, Mich.—and subsequent proof that its children were accumulating high levels of lead in their blood—is a tragic story that might not even be known to this day

Acting on a hunch, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center ordered an analysis of blood test records that compared blood lead levels in small children before and after the city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a cost-saving move.

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