Overview of the Greenstone Health Links
The top 5% of hospital users account for two thirds of healthcare spending.
These high-user patients typically have multiple complex conditions and access many areas of the health care system. A recent study found that 75% of seniors with complex conditions who are discharged from hospital receive care from six or more physicians and 30% get their medications from three or more pharmacies. This uncoordinated care from several different providers can result in both gaps and duplication in the care provided.
The Greenstone Health Links has identified these high-users and has an innovative plan to work with them to improve their health and well-being, lessen their reliance on emergency room visits, and reduce system costs at the same time.
At the Provincial level, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care first launched regional care networks called Health Links in 2012, with the goal of increasing communications between all members of a patient’s health care team. The program has proven to be very successful and has been rolled out province-wide. There are currently 82 approved Health Links across 14 Local Health Integration Networks.
For more information on Health Links:
Please visit the Ministry Of Health and Long-Term Care’s website: