- Aging at Home (AAH) Steering Committee
Aging at Home supports seniors to live healthy, independent lives by expanding access to home care, community services and supportive housing. Local Aging at Home initiatives better coordinate services, offer programs that meet the diverse needs of seniors and reduce the number of.seniors waiting in Alternate Level of Care (ALC) hospital beds. The Aging at Home Steering Committee is a multi-sectoral group of experts that advises the Toronto Central LHIN on the implementation and evaluation of Aging at Home initiatives.
- Community Engagement Task Group
The Community Engagement Task Group is helping to develop a shared strategy for community engagement for the Toronto Central LHIN and health service providers. This strategy will serve to strengthen the capacity of the LHIN and health service providers to meaningfully engage community members, health care stakeholders, health care consumers, patients, clients and families in health care planning, priority setting and decisions.
- Diagnostic Imaging Network
The LHIN’s Diagnostic Imaging Network is a key initiative aimed at reducing MRI scans and CT scan wait times. The Network brings together clinicians and administrators from hospitals to share knowledge and best practices.
- Emergency Room (ER) Pay for Results Working Group
ER wait times is a major concern for the Ontario public and hence a top priority for the government and the Toronto Central LHIN. As part of the Toronto Central LHIN’s ER wait times/Alternate Level of Care strategy, the ER Pay for Results program provides incentives to seven Toronto hospitals to achieve ER wait time reductions targets. A Working Group of ER experts from participating hospitals and the Toronto Community Care Access Centre identifies collaborative initiatives to prevent unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations.
Long Stay ALC Task Group
In support of the LHIN’s priority of reducing emergency room wait times and alternate level of care (ALC) days, the Long Stay ALC Task Force advises the Toronto Central LHIN on actionable strategies/initiatives to reduce ALC days in the LHIN. ALC patients are those who occupy beds in hospitals but do not require the intensity of resources/services provided in that care setting (acute, complex continuing care, mental health or rehabilitation).
- Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Decision Support Working Group
This group has been proposed by the Gap Analysis Advisory Committee. This group will oversee the operationalization of the Data Enhancement Plan that has been recommended to address the gaps in MHA and addictions related data – with respect to improvement in data quality, collection, and monitoring and measurement of system performance. The group which has a cross-cutting strategic function includes the main decision support people from Toronto Central LHIN mental health and addictions service providers (hospital and community) as well as strategic planners and researchers. The Working Group will contribute directly to shaping decisions for the TC LHIN second Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP-2) for 2010-2012. As well, it will contribute to the longer term planning for the priority mental health and addictions priority populations (homeless, seniors, children and youth, Aboriginal peoples, and immigrants and refugees) that have been selected by the Gap Analysis Advisory Committee.
- Mental Health and Addictions Steering Committee
The Toronto Central LHIN, local health service providers and community members are working together to improve the accessibility and equity of mental health and addictions services. Current local initiatives include expanding supportive housing for people with mental illness and/or addictions; implementing electronic medical records for the homeless; and helping ER staff to identify individuals with mental illness and addictions and link them with appropriate care. The Mental Health and Addictions Steering Committee advises the LHIN about opportunities and solutions to support people living with mental health and addiction issues.
- Value and Affordability Task Forces
Improving the value and affordability of local health services is a key part of the Toronto Central LHIN's Integrated Health Services Plan (2010-2013) or IHSP-2.
The LHIN seeks ideas and input from people who deliver health care services and people who receive those services on how we can provide better results for the public health care dollars we spend each year.
The Toronto Central LHIN's five Value and Affordability task forces are a key part of this engagement process. Led by Toronto Central LHIN hospitals, the task forces look at ways that hospitals can improve the value and affordability of health care services in the LHIN. The task force recommendations will directly shape the decisions for the 2010/12 Hospital Accountability Planning Submissions (HAPS). The recommendations will also be an essential input for how the LHIN will achieve a more sustainable and high performing local health care system.