Changes in the management of data sharing by virtue of the Client Data Act for definitions

Changes in the management of data sharing by virtue of the Client Data Act for definitions

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

The Client Data Act is currently being considered in parliament. The committees present amendments to the law.

In the first stage, the changes related to the management of data sharing will be implemented according to law.

Schedule for publishing the definitions and joint testing

The schedule for implementing the changes in the management of sharing is based on the progress of the client data act and is fully dependent on it in terms of the time schedule and the contents.

Definitions

The definitions concerning the management of sharing of data in the Patient Data Repository will be published after the act has been approved at the latest. The definitions concerning the management of sharing will be updated on the Definitions of the Patient Data Repository page. In addition, the general description of the Management of Sharing will be published in the same context.

Joint testing and production readiness

  • The joint testing readiness of the Kanta Services in late 2020
  • The production environment of the Patient Data Repository ready in early 2021

Further information about the schedule is available in the publication schedule of the Kanta Services.

Materials for discussion meeting on 27 October 2020

Materials for the discussion meeting for information system suppliers:

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 patient 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 informing has not been given and information about it has 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 provisions of information and refusals

The national browser-based interface has been 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. Social welfare and healthcare organisations can utilise the interface until the new features are available in their own systems. The information system suppliers can also utilise the interface by integrating it in the patient data system.

Implementations in social welfare services

New information will not be given and the right to refusal will not be used in the first stage in social welfare services. However, new information given in the healthcare service will also include the archive for social welfare services.

Further information