The Client Data Act has been passed by Parliament.
As a result of the new law, client data will move within the healthcare and social welfare services between organisations if the client has given their consent to sharing the data and does not explicitly opt out of data sharing.
It is important that social welfare and healthcare organisations prepare in advance for the changes brought by the Client Data Act. The current consent that enables data sharing within the healthcare service will be renamed as information sharing consent. However, its purpose of use will remain unchanged.
A similar information sharing consent will also be applied to sharing of data within the social welfare services. Sharing of data between social welfare and healthcare services will be based on the client’s consent by virtue of the General Data Protection Regulation.
The implementation schedule of the changes will be published as further information becomes available. Information session about impacts of the Client Data Act on data sharing will be held on 7th September.
The Act will enter into force on 1 November 2021 at the earliest.