Transforming Primary Health and Community Care

Invest in the community by building a robust and integrated home, community and primary health care system

For most patients, community-based care is the best option and is often less costly than institution-based care. Demand for community-based care is on the rise and, even with increased government spending in this sector, further investments in infrastructure will be required so the community can shoulder its increasing share of responsibilities.

A patient’s long-term relationship with their primary health care team is the cornerstone of care. It has the potential to anchor efforts to drive integration and coordination of the patient journey. In order for primary health care to make a meaningful contribution to system integration, the LHIN will need to find ways to engage primary health care providers in a shared accountability for patient outcomes.

Transforming primary health and community care means creating conditions that empower patients to get the care they need with ease. The LHIN will invest in strategies that make “every door the right door”, simplifying access and driving integration.

We will focus on building common infrastructure, common spaces, shared services for IT and decision support in order to bring providers together. Toronto Central LHIN is leveraging new investments from the provincial government to establish innovative models of care that are both patient-centered and cost-effective.

Elements of this Strategic Priority

  • Increase capacity for services and service integration.
  • Develop technology that allows for sharing patient data across sectors and providers.
  • Develop common tools and IT infrastructure to support the community.
  • Draw on a range of supports outside of the health portfolio.
  • Create new models to integrate providers around the needs of patients and neighbourhoods.
  • Co-locate services in a way that is meaningful to the local community.
  • Target funding to drive strategic integrations