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Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019

The NSM LHIN is pleased to release its Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2016 – 2019: Improved Access. Coordinated Care. Sustainable System.

The NSM LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) establishes the direction for the local health system over the next three years. The IHSP aligns the provincial directions identified in the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, along with pan-LHIN strategic directions and priority areas, with the needs of the local population, as identified by the NSM LHIN Board of Directors, local residents and health service providers.  This plan identifies local strategic priorities and areas of focus that will guide the work required to deliver on the NSM LHIN’s vision for the local health system: Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System.

The following are the NSM LHIN strategic priorities for the period 2016-2019:

  • Improve access to appropriate care
  • Build capacity and enhance coordination
  • Drive system sustainability

Improve access to appropriate care - reflects the importance of ensuring residents have timely access to the best possible care, in the most appropriate setting, in order to optimize their health outcomes.  This includes improving access to primary care, appropriate use of emergency services, enhanced mental health and addiction services, access to specialty care, and both culturally safe and linguistically appropriate care for NSM’s diverse residents and communities.

Build capacity and enhance coordination - underscores the need for coordinated care from providers across the continuum. Included in this priority are actions aimed at improving the care of seniors and those with complex health needs, strengthening palliative care services, and increasing electronic integration between providers.

Drive system sustainability - reflects the need to promote system sustainability, including accountability for results, return on investment, access to service and efficient use of system resources.  This involves enhancing quality and efficiency in acute care, improving quality and safety in long term care, ensuring transparency in the planning and directing of future investments, and strengthening oversight of existing investments.