Health Links Engagement Sessions in Central LHIN 

Special Meeting of the Health Links System Planning Committee; September 16, 2013

On September 16, the LHIN held a special meeting of the Health Links System Planning Committee where we had the opportunity to bring Dr. Walter Wodchis in to speak about the evidence and research in the development of tools for predicting which patients will have high complex needs. 

Amongst a number of other appointments, Dr. Wodchis is Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto; Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); and Principal Investigator for the Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) where he is leading research on identifying complex populations with chronic conditions who transition through multiple health care sectors.  Dr. Wodchis is also the key expert working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on identifying the complex population.

Dr. Wodchis presented an analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of the different predictive tools available for identifying complex patients.  The work showed strong predictive value for the LACE tool for patients who have been hospitalized; and strong predictive value for the PRA tool for identifying patients in the community.  For a copy of the presentation please see the link below:

A number of Health Links partners attended the meeting, including primary care providers, hospital partners and community partners.  The value of the work is key in helping the Central LHIN Health Links to address complex populations before their needs become critical.

Experienced Based Design; June 2013

A workshop on Experience Based Design (EBD) held in June 2013 by Central LHIN brought together patients and providers to share in the role of redesigning and improving health care.

The objective of the session was to teach those involved in the planning and implementation of Health Links in Central LHIN about EBD, a simple yet effective methodology that empowers providers to meaningfully engage with patients and families to make necessary changes so that patients feel safer, happier and more valued.

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Health Links Planning Day; June 2013

Central LHIN held two Health Links Planning Days for our Community Support Service providers and Mental Health and Addictions providers. The purpose of each day was threefold:

  1. To provide an overview of the status of Health Links in the Central LHIN and engage providers in working with the Health Links
  2. To determine the issues/gaps in providing service to high needs/complex clients
  3. To work with the providers to develop a coordinated approach to addressing service delivery to high needs clients in the Health Links