In this video it talks about how the HIPAA laws are important, and they are in place to protect you from identity theft, being denied care, and health insurance coverage. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, enacted in 1996.
This video talks about how as physician, it is your duty to provide your patients with the relevant medical information in order to help them choose a treatment plan. Even if a treatment is medically indicated and you think it is in their best interest, it is ultimately up to the patient to decide whether to proceed.
This video talks about what to do if you're not sure the person that told you the information is going to hurt himself/herself or even others.