Updated telemedicine guidance due to be published in January
The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) will issue a clarification on its previous guidance on telemedicine services. Telemedicine services can be provided by a service producer both in public and private sector, or a private practitioner. Healthcare service providers who already hold a license from Valvira or a Regional State Administrative Agency do not require a separate telemedicine license.
The updated telemedicine guidance will be published on Valvira’s website on 15 January 2016.
Telemedicine services deemed equivalent to traditional face-to-face consultations
Advances in technology are leading to new ways of delivering healthcare. However, existing legislation does not currently comprehensively address the issue of telemedicine services. The law on private health and social care services is currently under review. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has confirmed in its statement (28 October) (in Finnish) that, in terms of content, telemedicine services can be considered broadly equivalent to traditional face-to-face consultations. In a statement dated 18 December 2015 (in Finnish), the Ministry has clarified that healthcare providers are not required to seek additional licensing for the provision of telemedicine services or to issue a separate notification to the licensing authorities.
It is the responsibility of the healthcare professionals to carefully consider whether the services they provide are suitable for delivery by telemedicine. Telemedicine service providers must have access to suitable premises and equipment (including telecommunications) as well as appropriately qualified staff. Systems used to transmit and store patient information must meet the relevant legal requirements on confidentiality as well as data protection and security.
For further information, please contact:
Mervi Tiri, Senior Officer
tel: +358 (0)295 209 341
Toini O. Lantto, Senior Officer
tel: +358 (0)295 209 329