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 Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (in Finnish).

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

Current issues

  • Due to the delay in the progress of the Client Data Act and the related financing decisions, the development of the data content of Kanta PHR has been temporarily suspended. The development will be continued as soon as it is possible.
  • Support for HL7 FHIR R4 standard version will be implemented in the Kanta PHR platform next to the existing support of STU3. Read more about the plan. Comments on the plan can be sent to kantakehitys@kanta.fi.
  • The updated approval criteria for wellbeing applications (version 4) has now been published
  • An application supplier whose wellbeing application has been accepted in Kanta PHR must notify Kela that they have completed the new version of the approval criteria by delivering the latest version of the approval criteria (version 4) by email to kantakehitys@kanta.fi by 31 October 2020.


Last updated 18.01.2021