Kanta PHR

Kanta PHR

PHR is a national data repository in which citizens may enter information on their health and wellbeing.

Individual citizens can enter information about their wellbeing in the My Kanta Personal Health Record (Kanta PHR) using wellbeing applications and devices developed for such purpose. The pages with wellbeing-related content offer additional information about the service and a selection of latest news.

Anyone can develop a new wellbeing application that utilises Kanta PHR. Both server based and mobile applications are possible. The users can be citizens, professionals or both.

Kanta PHR provides developers with the necessary interfaces and an approved open-access national data content, both of which are based on the HL7 FHIR standard. FHIR Rest API interfaces are defined in the Capability Statement. The data content is being developed in cooperation with various actors.

Developers can already now integrate their application with the Kanta PHR sandbox environment for self-testing. Prior to integration with the Kanta PHR production environment, applications must meet a set of national approval criteria for wellbeing applications and pass joint testing.

By integrating with Kanta PHR, which is free of charge, developers can raise awareness of their service by associating it with the Kanta Services. Kanta PHR data are available to applications and can be used as a basis for developing new services. 

Once the service has been launched, citizens will have the option of sharing their Kanta PHR data with social welfare and healthcare professionals. The criteria for applications targeting professional users cannot be finalized until the new Client Data Act has entered into force. The relevant bill is currently under review in Parliament.

At the moment, Kanta PHR can only be used by persons who are 16 years of age or older. This requirement may be revised once the new Act has entered into force.

The glossary of terms describes briefly the terminology and concepts related to Kanta PHR. The descriptions have been formulated specifically to fit the context of Kanta PHR and wellbeing applications. Concepts and terms associated with Kanta PHR are also defined in the list of Kanta terminology compiled by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (in Finnish).

Wellbeing applications integrated with Kanta PHR must conform to prevailing laws, decrees and statutes.

Current issues

  • The next HL7 Finland Personal Health SIG meeting and FHIR workshop will again be held at Kallion Kortteli on 26 November from 9:00 to 10:15am. On the agenda, there will be information on the design competition launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The competition seeks to find new kind of health and wellbeing applications to help in using the Kanta PHR. We will also hear about the experiences of application developers working with Kanta PHR. After the part on PH SIG, there will be a workshop with FHIR guru Grahame Grieve on the current stage and the future of FHIR (please see the draft programme). The final programme will be published shortly on the web site of HL7 Finland.
  • On Monday 25 November, there will also be an FHIR event for startups, where the key patient data system projects Apotti and UNA, among others, will be present. The draft agenda can be found via the programme above and more details on this event will also be provided later on the web site www.hl7.fi.
  • 16.10.2019: Updates that improve the operation are being made to Kanta PHR service
  • The next HL7 Finland PH SIG Kanta PHR support meeting at Wednesday 16.10.2019 12:30-15:00. More info (in Finnish): http://www.hl7.fi/sig-toiminta/personal-health-sig/omatietovarannon-tukiprojekti/. Come and take part in the discussion! You can get Skype-invitation to the meeting from Janne Aaltonen.
  • The updated approval criteria for wellbeing applications (version 3) has now been published.


Last updated 23.10.2019