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Information packs on health and social services: a steering tool for the counties

Information packs on health and social services are a new way to produce information about the activities and finances in healthcare and social welfare. They will be launched at national level , but the preparations are already well underway.

The information packs on health and social services are primarily intended as a tool for service organisers (counties) to help them get information by client group about the costs, quality and effectiveness of both individual service providers and all service providers. Even operators responsible for service provision can use them. They are a tool for monitoring, benchmarking, and decision making in healthcare and social welfare.

Information packs on health and social services give more accurate and real-time information about the use and costs of health and social services. So far it has not been possible to produce information by client group that combines data about different sources of financing with data about service providers. The nationally uniform structure of services will for the first time allow comparisons of service packages by region. This information can then be utilised in decision making even at national level.

There will be a total of 12 information packs: 16 focusing on the county level and 5 on the national level.

Information packs are tested in seven counties

The project testing the information packs in spring 2017 will prepare the implementation of eleven information packs on health and social services. It will create a model for the implementation of the information packs as part of counties’ management by information that can be distributed nationally. The Finnish National Fund for Research and Development Sitra and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are coordinating the work on a national roadmap on the implementation of the information packs on health and social services, which is due to be published in late summer 2017.

The counties taking part in the pilot are Pirkanmaa, Pohjois-Savo, Varsinais-Suomi, South Karelia, North Karelia, North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu.

Inquiries:

Taina Mäntyranta, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 2951 63692
Eveliina Huurre, Project Manager, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development Sitra, tel. +358 294 618 228