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Update: Health System Integration

June 30, 2017

Deputy Minister's Message

With the CCAC to LHIN transitions now successfully completed, we can turn our attention to the next steps in the transformation of Ontario’s health care system. We will continue to work with our 14 newly integrated Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), with our stakeholders, and with our patients and caregivers across Ontario to make change that puts patients first.

At the very start of this transformation process, we highlighted Dr. Atul Gawande’s approach for change and what he described as “The Heroism of Incremental Care”. We reflected on how the work enabled by the Patients First Act and the Patients First Action Plan builds a solid foundation of primary care and home and community care; care that is local and integrated outside of hospital walls.

I would like to reiterate the Minister’s thanks from last week to everyone that was involved in the
CCAC-to-LHIN transitions. Your efforts have produced structural changes that will be the platform for local integration and innovation.

Transition was the first step – the transformation phase starts now. The cultural shift toward a more local approach begins at the sub-region level, where LHINs, local health care providers and patient and family advisory councils can partner together to identify and plan for integrated service delivery that will meet specific local needs. We need to build communities of care that will achieve three key indicators of success: reduced wait times, improved access, and better patient experience. We will view everything that we do through an equity lens – because working to reduce health disparities and inequities is simply the right way to plan and deliver care.

The potential our health care system holds to deliver improved outcomes and better care experiences is now greater than ever. I look forward to working with all of you to continue the momentum created through transition to drive transformation.

As always, please do not hesitate to send us your thoughts, feedback, and to share your experiences by writing to the Patients First email, patientsfirst@ontario.ca.

Thank you,

Dr. Robert Bell



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