SPESiOR™: Valvira-registered private secure environment provides solutions to the challenges of secondary use of social and health data
As of May 1, 2022, the Finnish law on the secondary use of social and health data requires a secure operating environment for data processing. Secondary use of data can be, for example, research, statistics, development, and innovation activities or knowledge management. The purpose of the law is to increase data security and safeguard the protection of an individuals personal data. SPESiOR™ is an enabler of new insights into impact research, and as an environment complies with the legislation.
Decision support: the benefits of secondary use of social and health data
There is a huge amount of data accumulated in social and health care every day, which can be used to develop treatments and services in many ways and to support decisions. Thanks to secondary use, the data collected can be made available to researchers and service providers, making research and data management more efficient. This is very important for the user of the services, i.e., patient, and they benefit the most from secondary use of data. Data can be used to make healthcare services, treatments, and processes better and more effective, and to assess the costs, benefits, and value of new health technologies.
The change in the law required secure operating environments – ESiOR Oy accepted the challenge
ESiOR Oy has developed SPESiOR™, a secure processing environment (SPE) with a wide range of applications, including data collection, transmission, analysis, and archiving. The secure user environment must also be registered by Valvira, the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, to be used for secondary social and health data. SPESiOR was registered with Valvira on 22 April 2022, which indicates that it meets the requirements of the authorities regarding e.g., security and data protection. Erkki Soini, CEO of ESiOR, is excited about the opportunities that the new secure processing environment brings to social and health care and especially to the utilisation of data:
”SPESiOR is the first private Findata-compliant secure social and health data access platform. SPESiOR has a wide range of permitted uses, is also suitable for sponsored research, and is independent; it is not part of the systems of a health care provider or distributor. These, together with the data collection system and user interfaces and archiving capabilities, enable significantly wider cooperation with various parties.”
SPESiOR was created on a foundation of diverse expertise and experience
ESiOR’s long experience in various customer projects, registry research, market access services, and health economics, as well as the views of IT experts, have been channelled to develop this new digital service. ESiOR has created a solution that facilitates data utilisation and enables the use of data at different stages of its life cycle. SPESiOR brings a complete solution to the customer’s different needs because now ESiOR can offer both research support and consulting as well as a secure solution for different use cases:
”In addition to data transfer, processing, analysis, and archiving, SPESiOR includes the ability to securely collect data for a variety of purposes, including surveys, patient data collection, risk sharing, and clinical trials. The experience of dozens of projects and aspects of impact research have been taken into account in the development of the data collection tool.”
SPESiOR in a nutshell
- Registered by Valvira, meets the Authority's requirements for data security and data protection
- Strong authentication, multi-stage authentication (MFA)
- Data centre in Finland (private cloud, ISO 27001- and Katakri-certified)
- Extensive use and customer opportunities, customer support and consulting
- Data life cycle support (collection, transfer, analysis, archiving)
ESiOR Oy is an expert company founded in 2006 that offers solutions, research, consulting, and tools to support better healthcare decisions. Core services include demonstrating the value of healthcare products, services and processes, developing efficiency and promoting cost-effectiveness. We support our customers in producing, communicating, and utilising information generated from rich data.