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FinlandThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) has selected EMC to build a new centralised national patient record archive to securely store over 5m health records in what will become Finland’s largest database. The project aims to deliver an electronic prescription service later this year, followed by the completion of a comprehensive patient record and image archive in 2009.

The new ‘KanTa’ archiving system, valued at approximately €20m, will serve as many as 300,000 professionals within the Finnish public healthcare and pharmacies, as well as private medical clinics. KanTa will store the records of 5.3m citizens.

The national KanTa system will provide all the 5.3m Finnish citizens with access to information concerning their personal medical information. Citizens will be able to ensure the protection of their personal data by limiting the type of data displayed on their medical profiles.

EMC Corporation says the end-to-end combination of platform, software and services is designed to ensure significant system scalability needed for optimum patient care delivery - the system is estimated to reach 500 petabytes in the next decade.

EMRAll 300,000 healthcare professionals will have user licenses and KELA will have separate environments for production, test and development, to make sure there is minimal disruption to users and ensure the system is as reliable and robust as possible, whilst providing more efficient communications and streamlined operational practices for the entire healthcare sector in Finland.

"The new unified national patient record archive, based on EMC technology, will provide the entire healthcare sector with radically more efficient operational models," said Markku Suominen, KELA's chief information officer, in a press release. "As physicians are able to have access to all patient information regardless of where previous treatment has taken place - based on an agreement with the patient - the entire national healthcare system should benefit from this streamlined process. The Finnish citizens will benefit from a single online information source, which will provide them with an unforeseen opportunity to participate and influence their personal medical care."

"The EMC information infrastructure is designed to integrate content management seamlessly with robust storage and archiving solutions to form the cornerstone of the national eHealth patient record archive," said Yves Mahieu, EMC's EMEA Director of Healthcare. "The advanced solution will provide the Social Insurance Institution of Finland with the flexibility to grow and develop the patient record archive as its information management requirements and sheer data dimensions grow."

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