#267 Lead Testing Data
Though elevated blood levels of lead in children are on the decline, only a little more than half of children between 1 and 2 are getting tested for lead poisoning. (source: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/new-push-to-eliminate-lead-poisoning-in-baltimore/29234579)
Oct 24, 2021
Sep 26, 2019
Why it matters
Lead poisoning can have serious health consequences, including seizures, kidney damage, and lowered IQ. This can also affect children's school performance.
What does "good" look like?
Good looks like parents having the tools they need to identify a lead poisoning problem and taking steps to reduce their children's exposure.
How could technology solve this?
A health care data system can be created that both pediatricians and schools have access to. The data portal could display information on lead testing, including when a child's last lead test was and the results of each test. This could also be used to gather information about potential sources of lead poisoning (e.g., finding correlations between the neighborhoods children live in and their lead levels).