In order for you to develop clinical capabilities during your courses, you must have access to confidential patient information at some point. It is important to recognize that the obligation of confidentiality also extends to medical students. During your training, you come across a large number of fascinating case studies. Inevitably, the temptation to discuss it with college classmates and colleagues can be strong. Identifiable patient health information is confidential. You should therefore be careful not to disclose such information to your friends or colleagues, unless, in the latter case, they are directly involved in the patient`s care. All identifiable patient information, written, computerized, recorded visually or audioly or simply stored in the memory of healthcare professionals, is subject to the obligation of confidentiality. Confidentiality is also of great public interest, as people who need treatment are encouraged to seek treatment and to disclose information that is relevant to them. Several interests are represented in this field. There is a strong public interest in a confidential medical service; There is also a public interest in fighting crime. We all have a personal interest in keeping our private health information confidential. Those interests must be assessed on the basis of an assessment of the facts of the individual case. If you attend classes with patients, follow practicing physicians, or otherwise have access to confidential information during your classes, the obligation applies.
A useful approach when it comes to sharing information with those involved in patient care is “no surprise.” In short, this means that the information provided to patients must be shared in a way that patients can reasonably expect. Their information should not be conveyed in a way that would surprise patients.