Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 3) - 2013-2016

Our third Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 3) provides a detailed overview of the key health system strategic directions we will pursue over the next three years (2013–16). It also details how these strategic directions will be executed in the short term (over 90-day planning cycles) through various tactical projects and actions intended to address established performance targets.

The Integrated Health Service Plan 3 builds on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC’s) priorities, as outlined in Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care; local priorities, including ESC LHIN’s second Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 2), which covered the period from 2010–13; as well as ESC LHIN’s Vision: Better Care, Better Experiences, Better Value. Input was sought on the plan’s development through community engagement with our health care community.

Erie St. Clair LHIN’s focus over the next three years remains the same: to continue transformation and integration efforts aimed at providing the right services to meet expected demand, increased collaboration, stakeholder engagement in the decision making-process, and improved overall efficiency in the use of health care resources.

IHSP 3 has four measurable, key strategic priorities, which the ESC LHIN has set specific targets designed to improve our local health care system:

  • Alternate Level of Care (ALC)
    Too often, people remain in hospital when an Alternate Level of Care (ALC) is available and would serve them better – for instance, at home or in long-term care where services can be better tailored to their needs. The IHSP 3 looks at ways to reduce wait times and reduce ALC challenges.
  • Emergency Department (ED)
    ESC LHIN’s hospital EDs continue to be the default portal through which many residents access health care. The resulting ED congestion is an indicator of overall health system performance, telling us how effectively our primary health care, community care, mental health, and hospital programs are working together to better serve patients.
  • Chronic Disease Management
    Compared to the province, the Erie St. Clair population has higher rates of occurrence for arthritis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, mood disorder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart disease.
  • Mental Health and Addictions
    ESC LHIN is continuing to work hard to improve access to mental health and addictions programs. By strengthening these programs, we are able to have a significant positive impact on emergency departments, acute settings, and the community.