What should you do?
Ans. I will close it immediately at the time I saw the information. This is a sensitive data. The system developer should blind this sensitive information and only allow specific users such as physicians, unless, there is a purpose to collect data for further processes. Also, I will have to report this to system developers to setup authority and role for accessing the personal sensitive data.
As a health information professional – can you tell your friend?
Ans. No, due to the subject’s confidentiality. I should not disclose subject’s privacy data to other peoples, even my friend’s husband.
Can you interfere with other people or family issue? But, should your friend not know about this because she might be at risk?
Ans. I should not interfere with other people, even their family. All people have the right to self-determination and right to disclose their information. If I have a chance I may look for an alternative way to let my friend be aware of without a direct approach, such as suggesting her and her husband to have an annual health check-up every year.
How will you follow the fundamental principles about right to self-determination, doing good and doing no harm to others?
Ans. Following the fundamental principles about the right to self-determination, I should not disclose the subject’s private information and give the right to subject to make decisions.
Isn’t it your obligation and the right of the subject to hold the information?
Ans. It is the right of subject to hold the information. I should not disclose the subject’s data.