About us

Findata is a Finnish Health and Social Data Permit Authority, a one-stop shop for the secondary use of Finnish health and social data.

Findata operates under the performance guidance of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry appoints both a separate director for the organisation and a steering group.

The Findata management group is responsible for managing the operations of the data permit authority. The Findata management group includes the Director, Head of Data Services, Head of ICT, Legal Advisor, Head of Communications and Development manager.

Objectives

The objectives of Findata are to:

  1. Improve data security and the data protection of individuals.
  2. Speed up and streamline the utilisation of social welfare and health care data resources.
  3. Decrease the duplication of work in permit processing.
  4. Develop data descriptions for the social welfare and health care sector together with the controllers.

Guidance and supervision

The steering group guides and develops Findata’s operations. The members of the steering group have been appointed from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Statistics Finland, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea, and representatives of social welfare and health care service providers.

Findata’s operations are supervised by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Data Protection Ombudsman, among others. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira monitors Findata’s data secure user environments. In addition, Findata must give an annual report to the Data Protection Ombudsman regarding the processing of health and social data and the related log data.

Personnel

Findata currently employs 27 people. Email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@findata.fi.

Johanna Seppänen
Director, PhD

Maarit Ala-Mononen
Executive assistant

Heikki Lanu
Head of ICT

Päivi Lindström
Legal Advisor, Data Protection Officer
paivi.lindstrom@thl.fi
+358 29 524 8307

Antti Piirainen
Head of Communications
antti.piirainen@findata.fi
+358 29 524 7644

Mervi Siltanen
Head of Data Services

Maari Parkkinen
Development manager

Peija Haaramo
Chief Metadata Specialist

Antti Vikström
Chief Data Manager

Hanna Tervonen (on parental leave)
Chief Data Manager

Rea Glad
Specialist, data services

Marja-Liisa Helminen
Senior Specialist, data services

Juho Happonen
Senior Specialist, data services

Marja-Liisa Helminen
Senior Specialist, data services

Otto Honkanen
Senior Specialist, data analyst

Johanna Ikonen
Senior Specialist, data analyst

Saija Jaatinen
Senior Specialist, data services

Rosa Juuti
Senior Specialist, data services

Sarah Lignell
Specialist, data services

Veera Moisio
Specialist, data services

Kaisa Pulkkinen
Senior Specialist, data services

Kaisa Pyrhönen
Senior Specialist, data services

Annika Rahkonen
Specialist, data services

Sonja Saloranta (on parental leave)
Senior Specialist, data services

Noora Seppä
Senior Specialist, data analyst

Anni Takalahti
Lawyer

Jarkko Tenhola
Senior Specialist, data services

Margit Tepponen
Specialist, data services