Inspecting Medical Records

You have the right to know whether your personal data is being processed or not, and what kind of data concerning you is stored in databases. As a rule, patients also have the right to inspect logged data, that is who has been reading their medical records and when, in the electronic patient data system. This right is limited to their own data only. When you make a request to inspect your data, we will deliver it as soon as possible without unnecessary delay. The deadline for delivery of data and possible further details connected with the information request is one month after the initial date of the data inspection request. If your data request is exceptionally complicated or extensive, this deadline may be prolonged with two months.

As a patient, you may request that any clear errors you detect in your medical records be corrected. However, patients do not have the right to demand that doctors change their diagnosis or the instructions for medical care they have written in the patient’s records. Errors in medical records are to be corrected in a way that enables the reader to see the original text version, as well as the correction. The name and official position of the person making the correction, as well as the date and grounds for the correction are to be included in the patient records.

Basic information and legislation

Clients and patients of public and private health care are entitled to know what data concerning them has been stored in the personal data file. The request for information must usually be made using a special form or otherwise in writing. Staff may refuse to disclose patient data only if the disclosure would pose a serious risk to the patient’s health or the rights of someone else.

Only the patient has the right to check their own patient data. Other persons, such as those close to the patient, cannot obtain information concerning the patient’s health or illness except on the basis of the patient’s explicit consent.

The patient also has the right to demand the rectification of their data and, in some cases, its removal from the register. In addition, the patient may request information on who has used their register data, where they have been disclosed, and the grounds for their use or disclosure.