Do you know anything about HIPAA?
Here’s a scenario for you.
Patient A comes in from the parking lot of a doctor’s office and said to the nurse, “I just saw a patient leave here and when she was backing out of her space, she hit another car. Then she just drove away.” Patient A was able to accurately describe the perpetrator and said she would sign a statement saying she witnessed the incident.
The nurse finds out that the car that was struck belonged to Patient B. Patient B then asks the nurse to tell him who was driving the car that struck his.
The nurse, knowing exactly who the hit-and-run driver was, said, “I can’t tell you that. It would be a HIPAA violation.”
Patient A and Patient B appeal to the doctor. What would you tell the doctor to do?