Sharing of data via the Kanta Services

Sharing of data via the Kanta Services

Data generated in healthcare, social welfare and pharmacies can be shared via the Kanta Services. Throughout Finland, providing information about the Kanta Services is a prerequisite for the client to be able to give consent to data sharing or submit denials of consent to data sharing.

Social welfare and healthcare professionals can provide the best possible care and service to clients and patients if the data stored in Kanta is shared between different service providers.

On this page you will find information on how to inform your clients and patients about the Kanta services. On the pages below, you can read more about data sharing and how clients and patients can influence how their data is shared. 

Informing the client of the Kanta Services

The client must be informed of the Kanta Services, their operating principles and the client’s rights in relation to the Kanta Services. The provision of information about the Kanta Services covers all the Kanta Services. When the wellbeing services counties begin operations and there is a temporary right of access to information in the Uusimaa region, all clients nationwide must receive new information about the Kanta Services.

The receipt of Kanta information is a requirement for the patient to be able to grant or deny their consent to data sharing. Data may be shared in the region of Uusimaa on the basis of new Kanta information.  However, the lack of information does not prevent entering the client’s data in the Kanta Services.

The information is given to the client either in My Kanta Pages or, at the latest, in connection with the first contact with the healthcare or social welfare service.

In social services, the obligation to provide information starts when the service provider has joined the Kanta Services and data sharing within the sector is enabled.

The information explains  

  • which data concerning the client is saved in the Kanta Services
  • how the data may be used in the healthcare and social welfare service and in pharmacies
  • how the data may be shared in the healthcare and social welfare service and in pharmacies
  • the data files of the wellbeing services counties and the utilisation of data within them
  • the disclosure of data between the wellbeing services counties
  • on the temporary right of access to information in the region of Uusimaa
  • how the client can have a say in the sharing of their data.

How is the client informed?

Information about the Kanta Services can be given to the client in connection with contacts with the healthcare service

  • verbally
  • in writing
  • via online services.

All users of the My Kanta Pages will receive new information about the Kanta Services through the service from late 2022. In healthcare and social welfare, the information provided by law can be stored for the client if the client or patient information system has the necessary implementation. 

Information is saved in the client or patient data system, from where the data will be saved in the system for issuing declarations of intent in the Kanta Services.

In terms of a child under 18, information is given to their parent or guardian or another legal representative. Information is given to the minor themselves if they are assessed by a professional to be capable of determining for themselves on matters related to their care or, at the latest, when they turn 18.

Read more in our brochure.

In this video, we will explain how social welfare and health care professionals can provide clients with Kanta information.

Read more about the different versions of Kanta information and the differences between them

The table shows the versions of Kanta information. You can also read the information texts in PDF format (in Finnish).

Table: Different versions of Kanta information
Version Release date Status Changes from previous version
Kanta information 1.1 (pdf) 22 November 2022 Valid Start of the operation of the wellbeing services counties and temporary right of access to information in the region of Uusimaa.
Kanta information 1.0 (pdf)  1 November 2021 Valid until 21 November 2022 First version of Kanta information.

System for issuing declarations of intent

The national system for issuing declarations of intent is maintained as part of the Kanta archive service.  

Data saved in the system for issuing declarations of intent includes

  • information about the fact that a client has been informed of the nationwide information system services (Kanta Services)
  • the client’s consent to data sharing
    • concerning sharing of patient data between healthcare service providers
    • concerning sharing of client data between social welfare service providers (in early 2023)
  • the client’s consent to data sharing between healthcare and social welfare services (as from 2024)
  • the client’s denials of consent to sharing patient, client and prescription data
  • withdrawals of consent to data sharing, consent, and denial of consent to data sharing
  • the client’s living will
  • the client’s organ donation testament.

The system for issuing declarations of intent will be introduced automatically when the Patient Data Repository or the client data archive for social welfare services is deployed. The necessary data is saved in the system for issuing declarations of intent when the professional has recorded it in the patient or client data system.

Legislation governs data sharing

The Act on the Electronic Processing of Client Data in Healthcare and Social Welfare (the Client Data Act) and the Act on Electronic Prescriptions (the Prescription Act) govern the sharing of client and patient data via the Kanta Services and determine, for example, how clients can influence the sharing of their data.

The acts also determine the operating methods and models in the healthcare and welfare services and pharmacies.

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Last updated 22.11.2022