Ethical Decision Making Case Study
posted by Tina on .
Paula realizes that the medical record she is reviewing belongs to Bob, her best friend's fiance Paula learns that Bob has HIV. Paula knows her friend does not know of Bob's condition. What can Paula do without violating HIPPA?
All you can do is try to persuade Bob to tell his fiance.
You can not tell her.
This subject interested me so I went to Columbia University's website and found that a physician must notify a health agent and that agent must notify the patient's contacts which would include Paula's friend.
I am not sure if this is a universal policy but I thought it was interesting because I didn't think she could even say anything to Bob.