Tennova says laptop with personal info was stolen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennova Cardiology unit has told a group of patients that a lap top belonging to a third-party contractor was stolen from the contractor's car back in October.

In a release Friday, Tennova Cardiology said it has no reason to believe the information has been accessed or misused.

The laptop contained data from patients referred to Tennova Cardiology by Summit Medical Group.

The theft occurred in Nashville on October 21 and Tennova Cardiology was told of the theft the next day.

The release went on to say that over the past few weeks, Tennova Cardiology has worked to identify all patients whose information may have been on the laptop and has mailed a letter to the 2,777 patients who may have been affected.

The information contained on the laptop may include names, dates of birth, referring physician names, and health information about patients. There is no evidence that any Social Security numbers were on the laptop.

Tennova Cardiology has initiated a full and detailed investigation of the circumstances surrounding this incident. The contractor is no longer performing services for the physician group.

Anyone with questions about this incident may contact (866) 369-0422 for more information.