Personal Health Record

Personal Health Record

PHR is a national data repository in which citizens may enter information on their health and wellbeing. Health and wellbeing information refers to the citizens’ measurement, lifestyle and activity records directly or indirectly related to their wellbeing and promoting their health.

Kanta Personal Health Record (Kanta PHR) is a My Kanta Pages service currently under development as part of the Kanta services. The production deployment of the first phase of PHR took place in the spring 2018. Now in this phase individual citizens can enter information about their wellbeing in the My Kanta Personal Health Record (Kanta PHR) using wellbeing applications developed for such purpose. The pages with wellbeing-related content offer additional information about the service and a selection of latest news.

In future citizens will have the option of sharing their Kanta PHR data with social welfare and healthcare professionals. The criteria for applications targeting professional users cannot be finalized until the new Client Data Act has entered into force. The relevant bill is currently under review in Parliament.

At the moment, Kanta PHR can only be used by persons who are 16 years of age or older. This requirement may be revised once the new Act has entered into force.

Using Kanta PHR with wellbeing applications

Citizens may enter and manage their wellbeing information using wellbeing applications and measuring devices developed for the purpose in Kanta PHR. For wellbeing application suppliers, Kanta PHR offers the open national authorised data content which is based on HL7 FHIR standard. Suitable records for authorised data content are e.g. various measurement information (blood pressure, respiration rate), symptom assessments, check-ups and self-treatment plans. The data content will be developed jointly with HL7 Finland Personal Health SIG group.

The wellbeing applications (web or mobile applications) to be integrated in Kanta PHR will be created through national projects, produced by private organisations, or to order by social and healthcare service providers. Citizens install or deploy the application in accordance with instructions provided by the supplier. At the time of deployment, the citizen gives the application consent to process his wellbeing information entered in Kanta PHR in the way described by the application. The applications must be authorised by the Kanta Services. Kela maintains a list of applications authorised for Kanta PHR. The list will be published at a later date.

Functionalities for social and healthcare professionals

In order for a social and healthcare service provider to access a citizen’s PHRs, the service provider must have a professional application authorised for PHR for the purpose, as well as the citizen’s consent and a treatment relationship. A professional application is a certified (Class A social and healthcare data systems) separate application or part of a healthcare information system.

Functionalities for the citizen in My Kanta Pages

The citizen may manage, access and delete the data in PHR via My Kanta Pages.

Citizens may give their consent in My Kanta Pages to social and healthcare service providers for the use of the entered data in support of decisions concerning their health and wellbeing, as well as an aid for diagnostic purposes. For this purpose a healthcare service provider must have a professional application authorized for PHR and a treatment relationship with the customer. The citizen has the right to refuse to give the consent. The citizen can maintain his / hers consents and refusals via My Kanta Pages and withdraw those at any time.

Citizens may withdraw the consent given to the wellbeing application to access their data in PHR through My Kanta Pages.

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Last updated 31.12.2019