Implemented in 2008, Integrated Health Networks (IHNs) provide services to support participating family physician offices, patients, and practice teams in managing chronic disease.
What are Integrated Health Networks?
The Integrated Health Networks are a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health Services and the Health Authorities. IHNs link patients, family physicians, primary care providers (such as nurses, dietitians, and social workers) and community partners to create coordinated care focused on the needs of the patient.
The networks are customized for each patient, and are designed to directly address the patient’s health care needs.
Integrated Health Network teams may include the following:
- Nurse leader,
- Primary health care nurse,
- Registered dietitian,
- Social worker and
- MOA/Administrative support.
The patient is a key partner and team member in his or her own health care.
Examples of Integrated Health Network services include:
- Assistance in identifying patients at risk
- Comprehensive patient assessments by members of an interdisciplinary team
- Integrated care plans
- Direct patient referrals to specialized services such as the Diabetes Education Centre
- Support for building patient registries on the CDM Toolkit
- Education/coaching on group and self-management
- Individualized action plans
Integrated Health Networks are made possible by the Health Innovation Fund, in partnership between the BC Ministry of Health and Island Health.
Where are Integrated Health Networks offered? Integrated Health Networks are offered for participating physicians and their patients in Campbell River, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Cowichan Lake and Sooke.