Applications with a back-end service that runs in a trusted environment can be integrated with the Kanta PHR. The back-end service handles communications with the Kanta PHR. End-user-installed applications that do not connect to a back-end service are not supported at the moment.
Should the application require resources or profiles which do not yet exist in the national data content, the necessary additions and changes must be approved in accordance with the development process specifications for data content.
The below figure shows the various stages involved in integrating citizen-facing wellbeing applications.
Stages for the application supplier to integrate an application with PHR
1. Familiarisation with the FHIR standard and the national data content
2. Development and own testing against Sandbox environments
If an application needs new data content from outside the national data content, the application supplier must make a proposal on the expansion of the data content to be reviewed by the HL7 Finland Personal Health SIG development community in accordance with the data content development process.
It is highly advisable to test the application supplier’s own application independently in the Sandbox environments provided by the Kanta services.
3. Certification of professional applications
An application aimed for the use of social welfare and healthcare professionals must meet the requirements of the Client Data Act (class A). For that reason, professional applications utilising PHR must pass the Kanta certification process.
The PHR service differs from previous Kanta services (e.g. Patient Data Repository and the Prescription service), and therefore application joint testing carried out in the client testing environment of PHR is used in the certification process of the professional application instead of Kanta joint testing. As professional applications currently do not record data into PHR, separate cross-testing between various applications is not required of the application.
4. Application joint testing
Joint testing for PHR means the verification of internal testing of the application and ensuring its functioning against the client testing environments of the Kanta services.
In the joint testing, the application supplier itself will test all the functionalities and data contents that the application uses against PHR. Mandatory test cases include, e.g. authorisation, functionalities by resource type/profile, compliance with the national data content, and display of data in My Kanta Pages.
Joint testing is meant for testing in the last stage of the development work.
Registration for joint testing takes place by sending an application form and the approval criteria form with their appendices to the Kanta services. The approval criteria must be met before the joint testing of the application can be started. The forms are sent by email to email@example.com (in future via the Kanta Extranet).
Server-based applications need a test server certificate from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (prev. PRC) for joint testing.
- Applications aimed at citizens shall apply for a wellbeing application server certificate. The certificate cannot be applied for until the application has been approved for testing and Kela has issued the organisation’s OID code to the application supplier. More detailed instructions for applying for the certificate are available in the separate guidelines.
- In the testing, the PRC server certificate for professional applications must be a SOTE server certificate, which must be at the access point used by the SOTE service provider that takes part in the testing. An existing certificate can be used as the certificate or it is possible to obtain a new one.
Joint testing is carried out in the client test environments in PHR and My Kanta Pages, which are maintained by Kela. The application supplier shall carry out the testing in accordance with Kela’s instructions and report the test results to Kela, which will check the test results and provide a statement on the approval of the test. The application supplier is responsible for ensuring that testing is carried out in the sufficient scope and with a high standard of quality.
5. Start of production
Application aimed at citizens
Before production use is started:
- The application supplier accepts the delivery terms and service description of PHR and sends the rest of the application data to be published to the Kanta services by email (in future in Kanta Extranet).
- If the application is server-based, the application supplier shall obtain a production server certificate from PRC (wellbeing application service certificate). See instructions.
- The application is registered technically in the PHR service in the Kanta services
- The application is added to the application list on the kanta.fi website two weeks after technical registration.
- The application supplier ensures the functioning of production, after which the production use can be started.
Citizens start using the application by providing access rights for the application to PHR and the data contained in it and approve the terms of using PHR.
In professional applications, the social welfare and healthcare service provider deploys the PHR service with the professional application approved for PHR via the technical access point.
Before production use is started:
- After certification, the application supplier will complete the information of the application to be published for the Kanta services by email (in future in Kanta Extranet)
- The first user organisation starting production use of the application = the social welfare and healthcare service provider
- ensures that the access point has a PRC production server certificate (SOTE server certificate)
- notifies Kanta services that it has deployed the PHR service with the xxx application using an yyy technical access point.
- The social welfare and healthcare service provider and the access point are technically registered by Kela in the PHR service.
- The application supplier and the social welfare and healthcare service provider together ensure the functioning of production, after which the production use can be started.
In terms of professional applications, instructions can be specified further in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary processing of the Client Data Act.
In the initial stage of the Kanta PHR service, wellbeing applications cannot yet utilize client data (Patient Records Archive and Prescription), as that requires the amendment of the Client Data Act. The amendments are currently undergoing parliamentary review. The client guidelines on the kanta.fi website will be updated as the process moves forward.
Interface and data content specifications as well as support materials for application developers are published in English on the kanta.fi website.
Application developers may access the Finnish PHR Chat forum, which is open to everyone and can be used to post questions and comments related to the topic. It is an English-language forum. Kela reviews and responds to questions on a weekly basis. Developers may also contact kantakehitys(at)kanta.fi for further information.