Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn., has notified about 27,000 patient that protected information--including Social Security numbers for 5,000--was on a password-protected laptop computer that was stolen.

The laptop, which was not encrypted, held patient names, dates of birth, responsible party names, addresses, physician names and unspecified billing information. It was stolen from an employee’s home on August 25. Notification letters went out on October 18.

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