At the Central East LHIN, we see Integration as a way to "improve the health care experience by creating a seamless system of care." Whether they are voluntary, required, negotiated or facilitated, the LHIN's experience has been that integrations result in positive outcomes that support the LHIN's mission to lead the creation of an integrated sustainable healthcare system that ensures better health, better care, better value for money.
Community Health Services Integration Strategy
On February 22, 2012, the Board of the Central East LHIN passed a motion supporting a Community Health Services Integration Strategy, the LHIN's facilitated integration strategy for Community Support Services (CSS) agencies and Community Health Centres (CHCs), to commence in April 2012 and be completed by 2015.
Through facilitated integrations, cluster-based groups of CSS agencies and CHCs participated in a phased process that aims to improve client access to high-quality services, create readiness for future health system transformation and make the best use of the public’s investment by identifying integration opportunities. The process started in 2012 with select group of health service providers in the Durham cluster, continued in Haliburton County/City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County in January 2013 and was launched in Scarborough and Peterborough City/County in August 2013.
To learn more about CHS integrations in the Central East LHIN click below:
North East Cluster - Peterborough and County
North East Cluster - Haliburton/City of Kawartha Lakes
North East Cluster - Northumberland County
Small Rural Northern Hospitals Transformation Fund (SRNHTF) - Knowledge Exchange
In the LHIN's North East Cluster, integrations to create Rural Health Hubs in Haliburton Highlands and Trent Hills were supported with funding from the SRNHTF. Information on this Transformation Fund and the integrations it supported were shared through a knowledge exchange event in March 2014. To access the information deck, please click HERE.
Ross Memorial Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Centre to not proceed with proposal to integrate
Having examined opportunities for integration, the Boards of both Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have mutually agreed that, at this time, they will not proceed with the proposal laid out in their June 2018 Directional Plan to integrate the two hospitals into one organization with two sites, a decision accepted by the Board of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) at the LHIN’s October 31st Board meeting. For the press release CLICK HERE.
Established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2012, Health Links are bringing health service providers together to enhance the coordination of care for complex patients. To learn more about Health Links in the Central East LHIN click here.
Hospital Information System (HIS) Vision
Across the province, LHINs are working with health service providers on a number of integration initiatives that will lead to a more sustainable, accessible health care system. In some LHINs, this includes looking at back office integrations such as shared information technology systems that support the work of front line health service providers working in acute and community based settings. By working in partnership, health care organizations can identify integration opportunities related to the collection, analysis and dissemination of health information that will improve patient access, lead to better population health and ensure value for money. For more information on this facilitated integration planning process, please click HERE
Scarborough West Durham Acute Care Services Integration
On April 28, 2016, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced that he supported the implementation of recommendations from the final report of the Scarborough/West Durham Panel related to hospital governance, service delivery and planning to give patients better access to care in the community. This followed the receipt of the final report from an expert panel, led by Dr. Barry McLellan, which provided recommendations to improve integration and access to hospital services in the Scarborough and West Durham regions. For more information, please click HERE.
Vision Care Strategy
In alignment with the Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care to improve patient care by gaining better value from Ontario’s health care system, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) established a Provincial Vision Strategy Task Force with respect to ophthalmology services. The Provincial Task Force developed a provincial planning framework along with 34 strategic recommendations for ophthalmology in Ontario in its May 2013 report, A Vision for Ontario: Strategic Recommendations for Ophthalmology in Ontario.
Since the work of the Provincial Vision Strategy Task Force, the Central East LHIN established a Central East LHIN Vision Plan Working Group (VPWG) to guide the development of a strategy and implementation plan that will foster a system of accountability and value for money, contributing to Ontarians’ access to high quality ophthalmology services when they need them most. For more information on the Central East LHIN's "Directional Plan - Vision Care Strategy", please click HERE.