Ontario is improving care for seniors and others with complex conditions through Health Links. This innovative approach brings together health care providers in a community to better and more quickly coordinate care for high needs patients.
Each Health Link will measure results and develop plans to:
- Improve access to family care for seniors and patients with complex conditions.
- Reduce avoidable emergency room visits.
- Reduce unnecessary re-admission to hospitals shortly after discharge.
- Reduce time for referral from primary care doctor to specialist appointment.
- Improve the patient’s experience during their journey through the health care system.
Health Links is a new model of care where all providers in a community, including family care providers, specialists, hospitals, long-term care, home care and other community supports, are charged with coordinating plans at the patient level. This will help improve patient transitions within the system and help ensure patients receive more responsive care that addresses their specific needs with the support of a tightly knit team of providers.
Patients with the greatest health care needs make up five percent of Ontario’s population but use services that account for approximately two-thirds of Ontario’s health care dollars. Better coordination of care for these patients will result in better care and significant health system savings that can be devoted to other patients, ultimately improving the sustainability of public health care.
Health Links supports the implementation of the NSM LHIN's Care Connections - Partnering for Healthy Communitiesintegrated health system plan and will work to achieve the North Simcoe Muskoka vision of Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System.
North Simcoe Muskoka Community Health Links
For further information on Health Links in North Simcoe Muskoka, please contact::
Ligaya Byrch, Senior Manager, Planning, Integration, Evaluation and Community Engagement
705-326-7750 ext. 230