The Kanta Services are available to public and private healthcare services, social welfare services, pharmacies, and citizens. The Kanta Services are developed and expanded in cooperation with several operators. The parties involved in the work are the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (formerly the Population Register Centre), and the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira, as well as social welfare and healthcare operators, pharmacies and system suppliers.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM)
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) is responsible for general strategic guidance and funding of the Kanta Services. STM sets out the target state and roadmap for information management in social welfare and healthcare services and the Kanta Services, and monitors the results. STM takes care of client and stakeholder cooperation at the strategic level and prepares legislation concerning the Kanta Services.
Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela)
Kela is responsible for the planning and implementation of the deployment projects for Kanta Services, as well as for communications and client and stakeholder cooperation. Kela coordinates and supports the deployment of Kanta Services and takes care of client cooperation during the use of the service. Kela organises the events and training related to the deployment.
Kela is responsible for the maintenance and technical development of the Kanta Services, back-up and support services related to the information systems, the technical building of the national code service, and the coordination of joint testing.
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) functions as the authority in information management in the social welfare and health care sector. It also takes part in Kanta development. THL is responsible for the functional planning of the Kanta Services and supports the functional change. THL participates in deployment activities in the capacity of expert in the contents and operating models in social welfare and health care. It provides support and training for social welfare and health care professionals, for example, in documentation.
THL defines the key requirements for Kanta systems and the related information systems. It is responsible for concepts, data structures and classifications.
National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira
Valvira is responsible for the role and attribute information services based on the data in the central register of healthcare professionals (Terhikki Register) required in the national information systems, as well as for the so-called Valvira codes.
Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV)
The Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) is responsible for the ID and certificate services of information system services.
Persons using patient data systems, archiving services and the e-prescription service must be identified and authenticated in a reliable way. It must also be possible to sign patient records and prescriptions electronically. The authentication of healthcare professionals and other employees of healthcare service providers, as well as electronic signing by them are enabled with DVV’s certification services and management of the access rights of operating units.