An Introduction to the HNHB LHIN Health Atlas
Health and health care are fundamental issues for individuals and communities. Therefore, population health status and factors that impact health combined with health system characteristics and performance are priorities. This Health Atlas from the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) identifies and outlines a broad set of health indicators that offer multiple opportunities for application and benefit.
The Purpose of the Health Atlas
The purpose of the Health Atlas is to provide context for planning, monitoring and evaluating health system performance within the context of local population health needs. More specifically:
- The Health Atlas utilizes a population health framework adapted from the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Public Health Agency of Canada. This framework is a consistent approach that allows for comparisons of health experience with other health jurisdictions, with the potential for gaining insights into special needs, best practice, and benchmarks.
- The Health Atlas is a compendium of information that can be used to shape the future health system agenda. These indicators can be monitored over time to identify and provide evidence of health issues that require attention.
- The Health Atlas is a single source of reference data for population health for residents of the HNHB LHIN that can be used as a basis for broader consultation. While the current collection of indicators is broad, it does not represent a comprehensive picture of our health system. For example, more detailed information is needed on community-based health services and programs. International experience with performance improvement indicates that indicator development is an on-going, iterative process that requires continuous improvement and revision given new information needs, as well as changes and advances in availability and access to data.