2,777 Knoxville cardiology patients' data was on stolen laptop

2,777 Knoxville cardiology patients' data was on stolen laptop

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennova Cardiology says a group of its Knoxville-area patients have been notified some data about them was on a laptop belonging to an independent contractor that was stolen in Nashville.

Tennova Cardiology says it doesn't believe the information has been accessed or misued in a way that would cause harm to the affected patients.

The laptop was stolen from a vehicle in Nashville on October 21. Tennova Cardiology was notified the following day and has worked to identify and contact all 2,777 patients that may have been affected.

The unencrypted laptop contained data from patients referred to Tennova Cardiology by Summit Medical Group for cardiac diagnostic tests. The diagnostic tests were performed at the Summit diagnostic services locations.

The contractor provided transcription services for the Tennova Cardiology physician group.

The information on the laptop may include names, dates of birth, referring physician names and health information about patient treatment and diagnostic procedures.

There's no evidence that any Social Security numbers were included.

Tennova Cardiology says the contractor is no longer performing services for the physician group.

The group has set up a dedicated information line to provide personal consultation regarding how to receive one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection at (866) 369-0422.

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