Changes in the data sharing by virtue of the Client Data Act

Changes in the data sharing by virtue of the Client Data Act

The Act on the Electronic Processing of Client Data in Healthcare and Social Welfare (Client Data Act) will possibly be reformed in spring 2021. The new Client Data Act will also bring changes to sharing client and patient data in the Kanta Services.

If the act enters into force, the sharing of data will be based on

  • informing the client of their rights 
  • informing the client of the Kanta Services
  • refusals issued by the client.

The changes will be made in stages. Recording of the new informing function in the healthcare service will be enabled in the first stage. However, the informing function will also include the archive for social welfare services. In future, clients can also issue a refusal of sharing all of their patient data at once.

Changes to data sharing as a result of the new law

If the law will be reformed, it will bring the following changes in the sharing of client and patient data from the Kanta Services:

  • The clients will have to be issued with new information
    • All clients must be informed again with regard to the Kanta Services and the related rights. Clients must be informed in connection with the first contact at the latest. The information can also be given via My Kanta Pages.
  • Right to refusal
    • In future, clients can issue a refusal of sharing all of their patient data at once. The current refusals will remain in force, i.e. a client can issue a refusal concerning individual appointments or service providers in the healthcare service.
  • Consents in the healthcare service will no longer be applied
    • Consent to sharing patient data with persons taking part in the patient care will no longer be applied. In addition, verbal consents in the Prescription service will no longer be applied. In future, the sharing of client or patient data via the Kanta Services will be based on informing and on the refusals issued by the client.

Period between the approval and enforcement of the new act 

Informing in accordance with the current law will be given if the client can issue the current refusals and consents until the enforcement of the new act. Informing in accordance with the new act will be provided at the same time, and the client can issue a refusal concerning all data at once.

After the act has entered into force 

Once the new act has entered into force, informing in accordance with the new act will be complied with in sharing of data in the Kanta Services. If new information has not been given and the details about it have not been entered in the Kanta Services, sharing of patient data via the Kanta Services between healthcare organisations will not be possible. 

However, patient data can still be shared between healthcare units that belong to the same joint register. Sharing of data requires informing on the joint register, as well as a patient care context or other appropriate connection with the patient.  

Clients can still specify refusals to apply to certain appointments or service providers only, or they can issue the refusal to apply to all patient data. Consents in the healthcare service will no longer be used.

National interface for recording of informing and refusals

The national browser-based interface is implemented by Kela. With the interface, social welfare and healthcare professionals can enter the informing of patients as well as their refusals by virtue of the new client data act. The interface is primarily meant for the use of social welfare and healthcare organisations for the period between the adoption and enforcement of the act.

Deployment schedule

The system suppliers shall implement the changes brought by the new Client Data Act in the client and patient data systems according to their own schedules. The social welfare and healthcare organisations will deploy them within their own schedules. After that, the professionals will be able to enter the informing of patients and their refusals with the information systems.

Further information (in Finnish)

Last updated 22.06.2020