Medical confidentiality refers to the core duty of medical practice where the information provided by the patient to health practitioners and his/her health status is kept private and is not divulged to third parties. The patient's health status can, however, be shared with other medical practitioners involved in the professional care of the patient, who will also be bound by medical confidentiality. Medical confidentiality applies to the attending physician, consulting medical specialist, nurse, medical technologist and all other health workers or personnel involved in any counseling, testing or professional care of the patient. It also applies to any person who, in any official capacity, has acquired or may have acquired such confidential information. (Sec. 3(cc), R.A. No. 11166)