In both public and private healthcare services, patient data is entered in the Kanta Services, and that way up-to-date data is used throughout the country. In future, all data in the social welfare services will also be entered in Kanta.
Patient safety and knowledge-based management
When patient data is shared seamlessly between healthcare units, the professionals have up-to-date information at their disposal when treating patients. That way, the Kanta Services contribute to the improvement of patient safety and standard of care. In social welfare services, movement of data makes it easier to understand the client’s overall situation.
The Kanta Services and digitalisation also create a basis for knowledge-based management and the use of data for research purposes. When patient and client data is archived in one place, the information can be utilised in the planning, guidance and monitoring of services.
The Kanta Services are an integral part of the enterprise architecture for social welfare and healthcare services, developed together with operators in the social welfare and healthcare sector. Kela publishes the Kanta codes as open source codes.
New Client Data Act will expand the scope of My Kanta Page
My Kanta Pages is the citizens’ view to their own health data. If the new Client Data Act is enacted, appointments and information concerning the social welfare services will also be shown in My Kanta Pages. In addition, it will be possible to monitor personal wellbeing and activity data in My Kanta Pages.
With Kanta PHR, data can be recorded in My Kanta Pages using various wellbeing apps and devices. As a result of the forthcoming legislation, there will also be an option to save data to be viewed by professionals. That means that information concerning the client’s own wellbeing and activity can be used as background information, for example, at a doctor’s appointment.
Priorities in 2020
In 2020, the priorities of the Kanta Services are the development of a national medication list, enabling acting on behalf of a minor, and the changes brought by the forthcoming Client Data Act.
The changes resulting from the health and social services reform are also taken into account in the development of the Kanta Services. With the national Kanta solution, data will be available across the borders of the future social welfare and healthcare regions. Kanta and other digital solutions support the work of professionals in the future social and health centres.
Kanta as part of the annual planning of social and health organisations
The deployments of the Kanta Services are implemented annually in three phases. The services and functionalities to be deployed in each phase, as well as the registration information, are published in advance. Kela coordinates and supports the deployments.
It is recommended that the social welfare and healthcare organisations take into account the deployments of Kanta Services, the training of personnel required by them, as well as their budget in their annual planning.
Finland and the Kanta Services are blazing the trail in the international comparison of information management in social welfare and healthcare services. Finland was one of the first countries to introduce e-prescriptions.
The Kanta Services also enable sharing of data between European countries. It is currently possible to purchase medicines with a Finnish prescription in Estonia, Croatia and Portugal. More countries are joining the scheme. In the future, the service can also incorporate a European patient summary for doctors to access the patient’s basic details also in an overseas country.
Kanta is developed in cooperation
The Kanta Services are developed in cooperation between the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Kela, and operators in the social welfare and healthcare sector. In addition, close cooperation is also conducted with the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. Kela is responsible for maintaining the cooperation.