In a conversation between, say, Alice and Bob, if Bob shares his medical history with Alice, under which conditions is this information considered private medical information?
- If Alice is a physician?
- If Bob knows that she is a physician?
- If Bob asks for medical advice/treatment specifically (as opposed to, say, simply complaining about his health)?
Generally speaking, is medical information shared in an informal context (e.g. chatting with a family friend who happens to be a doctor) as protected as information provided in official medical contexts (e.g. during an appointment in a hospital)?