Consent to sharing patient data

Consent to sharing patient data

When you give your consent to using your patient data entered in the Kanta Services, different service providers can utilise your data when attending to your care. Without the consent to data sharing, your data can only be used by the healthcare service provider who has recorded it.

Healthcare service providers process and view your patient data with the patient data system they are using. With the patient data system, the service provider will have the use of your treatment data recorded in different units of the same service provider. 

If treatment data recorded by other service providers is also required in connection with your treatment, it can be viewed in the Kanta Services, if necessary. This can be done if you have given your consent to data sharing concerning the patient data.

Consent to data sharing enables movement of data between professionals attending to your care

Good medical care requires that the professionals attending to your care have at their disposal all the necessary data about your state of health and the examinations and tests you have had. When you consent to sharing your patient data between different healthcare service providers, it will make your treatment easier and faster.

With the consent to data sharing, you will give persons taking part in your care an opportunity to use your data recorded in the Patient Data Repository in the Kanta Services. The data can be used by all those healthcare service providers who are using the Patient Data Repository

When you have given your consent to data sharing, your data can be shared from Kanta, for example,

  • between public and private healthcare service providers
  • between different hospital districts.

The data can be utilised only if it is necessary in terms of your care. The use of the data also always requires an existing treatment relationship with you.

It is voluntary to consent to data sharing. 

Where can I give my consent to data sharing?

You can give your consent to data sharing

If it is noticed in the healthcare service that you have not given your consent to data sharing, you may be asked about giving consent to data sharing in a care situation. If you give your consent to data sharing when visiting the healthcare service, you will have an option of getting a printout of your consent to data sharing.

When logging in to My Kanta Pages as from 1 November 2021, the service will ask you to acknowledge that you have read the Kanta information. In addition, My Kanta Pages will direct you to give your consent to sharing patient data from the Patient Data Repository of the Kanta Services for the purpose of your care.

The consent you have previously given, enabling data sharing between various healthcare service providers, will automatically change into consent to data sharing on 1 November 2021. The contents of the consent to data sharing are the same as the consent you have previously given.

Consent to data sharing is valid until further notice. It applies to all of your data that has been recorded before you gave your consent and that will be recorded in future.

In My Kanta Pages you can see when and where you have given the consent to data sharing.

Withdrawing and limiting the consent to data sharing 

You can withdraw your consent to data sharing at any time. You can do it either in My Kanta Pages or when visiting the healthcare service. 

If you withdraw your consent, your data will no longer be shared from the Patient Data Repository with other service providers.

You also have the opportunity to limit the extent of the consent to data sharing by setting up separate denials of consent. With these denials of consent, you can determine the patient data you do not want to be available to other service providers.

The denials of consent to data sharing you have set are also valid in terms of the shared patient data register in the area of the hospital district.

Read more about setting up denials of consent.

When is consent to data sharing not needed?

For example, in the following situations, your consent to the use or sharing of data is not needed.

Internal use of the service provider’s patient register

A healthcare service provider has at its disposal the patient data recorded in different units of the same service provider. It can be viewed and shown with the patient data system. However, the use of your data requires a care relationship with you. In such a case, the data is used within the same service provider’s own patient register, which does not mean sharing of patient data. Your consent is not required for this use.

Shared register of the hospital district

Consent to data sharing is not needed if your patient data is used in public healthcare from the shared patient register of the area of the hospital district. This use requires that you have been informed of the Kanta Services and the shared patient register.

Emergency situations

In an emergency situation, your patient data can be retrieved from Kanta without your separate consent. However, when setting up denials of consent to data sharing, you can specify separately whether your data that is subject to denial of consent can be used even in an emergency.

Care implemented as a purchased service

If the care you receive is implemented as a purchased service, the care provider has the right to obtain the necessary patient data in terms of providing the service. Your consent is not required for this use.

Minors and consent to data sharing

As a parent or guardian, you can issue a consent to data sharing on behalf of your minor child. If necessary, you can also later withdraw a consent you have given on behalf of your child. You can give and withdraw the consent to data sharing 

  • on the “Acting on behalf of someone else” page in My Kanta Pages, or
  • in the healthcare service.

Please note that if a minor has already been assessed in the healthcare service to be mature enough to decide on matters related to their care themselves and they have been given the information concerning the Kanta Services, you as a parent or guardian cannot manage the minor’s consent to data sharing in Acting on behalf of someone else in My Kanta Pages.  

If a healthcare professional assesses that a minor is mature enough to decide on their care themselves, the minor can also issue the consent to data sharing concerning their patient data themselves. However, a minor cannot give their consent themselves in My Kanta Pages, only in person at a healthcare service provider.

Last updated 18.11.2021