Advancing Excellence in Local Health Care Together

Integrated Health Service Plan 2013-2016IHSP 2013-2016

Across the province, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) have been working with their local stakeholders on the development of their third Integrated Health Service Plans (IHSPs). In February 2013, Central LHIN launched its Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2013-2016, a roadmap to move us toward achieving our vision of Caring Communities – Healthier People by supporting a local health system that is there for our residents when they need it, now and in the future. 

Central LHIN’s goal is to improve the health care system – to make it better for those who live, work and receive health care in our LHIN. Our success in achieving that goal depends on working together with our partners to establish a vision, develop a plan and help us translate our plan into action. Over the next three years, we will do this by advancing quality and excellence in the delivery of services and supports to our community, and building on the momentum we have achieved since our inception in 2005.

Four Quality-based System Directions

IHSP 2013-2016 has four quality-based system directions that will guide Central LHIN’s activities and investments in the local health system over the next three years (please click on each system direction for more information):

  • Appropriateness – Improve the delivery of safe, effective and timely care in the right setting;
  • Access – Continue to improve access to hospital, community and primary care services;
  • Integration – Strengthen integrated health care delivery from disease prevention and primary care through community, acute, long-term and end of life care; and
  • Person-Centredness – Improve equity in how people experience health care and service delivery.

The IHSP 2013-2016 aligns with provincial strategies, such as Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, and has adopted provincial frameworks, including Health Quality Ontario's quality framework and design attributes for a high-performing health system.

The plan was developed in consultation with patient representatives, local health service providers, as well as input from community leaders and the general public. The IHSP 2013-2016 builds on the achievements of our two previous IHSPs (2007-2010 and 2010-2013) and was informed by an Environmental Scan provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as population estimates and projections from the Ministry of Finance. This information enabled us to build on the comprehensive Service Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis completed in 2008.

For more information, please see the full Integrated Health Service Plan 2013-2016 report.