The first Health Link in the Central East Local Health Integration Network was established in 2012 in Peterborough. Since then, additional Health Links in the region have been announced beginning in September 2013 with the Durham North East Health Link. Brock CHC is one of several organizations participating in the Durham North East Health Link which is still in early stages of implementation. This new Health Link focuses on residents and services in the municipalities of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge, Oshawa and Clarington.
Health Links in Ontario were initiated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2012 with LHINs given the responsibility to implement them. Currently there are over 37 Health Links in Ontario. These Health Links are focusing on key health conditions, such as: heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; myocardial infarction; stroke; hip fracture; cancer; end of life; pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
Health Links are intended to focus on improving the coordination and fragmentation of community health care to individuals who have complex health problems and who are at high risk. These individuals compose 5% of the population in Ontario but account for 65% of the health care spending.
The Health Links currently under development in the Central East LHIN are: Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes; Northumberland; Durham West; Scarborough North; and Scarborough South.
The key organizations involved in the Durham North East Health Link have been meeting for several months and have completed the necessary readiness assessment and business plan. Some of the key outcomes expected of the Durham North East Health Link are: