LHINs were formed to integrate health systems as a means of improving the health of Ontarians. Integrated health systems provide coordinated, accessible and high quality health care that focuses on client needs, improves patient care and makes service delivery more efficient.
While LHINs have the authority and mandate to integrate local health services and programs, integration decisions are not made in isolation. LHINs work closely with local health service providers (HSPs) to identify ways to reduce duplication in the health system and to improve health services by ensuring the right care is delivered at the right time in the right place.
Both the LHIN and HSPs are expected to find opportunities to integrate the system in alignment with local and provincial strategic plans to improve client experience while improving system sustainability.
Voluntary integrations are those initiated by health service providers and brought to the LHINs public board meeting for review. The goal is to facilitate and enable voluntary integrations that will improve quality of care and value for money. In its review of voluntary integrations, the Board applies a standard set of criteria based on voluntary integration obligations under the Local Health System Integration Act to evaluate proposals. Proposals must:
- Improve or, at a minimum, produce the same quality and accessibility of care
- Be consistent with LHIN’s and Ministry’s directions
- Be cost-effective.
In order to support HSPs in enhancing their understanding of what integration is and to support planning of voluntary integration of service, the South East LHIN Integration Primer has been developed.
Resources to enable HSPs in a successful integration
The following are tools and resources that may be useful as HSPs consider and/or participate in a voluntary integration:
Integration Report Templates
Below are three template to assist with integration.