AOHC commissions a discussion paper on system integration as it affects CHCs
In early 2010 the AOHC Board and
member agencies were increasingly becoming aware and facing issues associated with integration initiatives.
From a brief scan of CHCs it was clear that the breadth and diversity of integration initiatives were broader
and occurring more quickly than expected. The CHC model of care embraced 'integration' as one of its
attributes and the MSAA called for CHCs to contemplate and pursue integrations. Examples were emerging
including CHC mergers, CHC co-locations with other agencies, health and social service hub concepts,
CHC-hospital collaborations, CHC-FHT collaborations. The MOHLTC and LHINS were undertaking an integration
conference and there was a general sense that integration was happening without full understanding, and
without principles and frameworks as a guide.
The AOHC commissioned a discussion paper on system integration as it affects CHCs. External consultants were engaged via an RFP process and KPMG was the successful respondent. Deliverables were to include:
Explore a framework to better understand integration
Identify principles and values to guide integration
Assess the integration landscape
Understand the LHIN perspective
Develop potential next steps
The methodology included document review, a survey of CHCs, key informant interviews and focus groups.
Summary document (PDF)
System Integration and Community Health Centres: final discussion paper KPMG, July 2010 (PDF)