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Courion Provides Rx for Leading Healthcare Organizations Requiring Identity Management Solutions.

Recent Customer Wins Continue Momentum in the Healthcare Market;

Access Control, Resource Provisioning and Regulatory Compliance Remain Key Drivers for Courion Enterprise Provision Suite Adoption

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Courion[R] Corporation, the provisioning experts for results-driven operations, today announced that four leading US healthcare organizations have selected the Courion Enterprise Provisioning Suite[TM] to automate critical aspects of their identity management strategies. Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta all selected Courion after rigorous vendor evaluations.

Identity management and user provisioning remain top IT priorities for leading healthcare organizations across the country. According to a recent research report issued by the analyst firm Gartner, Inc., 40 percent of all healthcare organizations will have purchased or installed a user provisioning system by 2008.

In the report, Barry Runyon, Research Director, Healthcare at Gartner contends that "user provisioning should be implemented as part of an overall care delivery organization's identity and access management strategy. If possible, user provisioning should be implemented before other care delivery organization identity and access management initiatives. With increased clinical automation and interoperability requirements that extend beyond the enterprise firewall, the need for the consolidated, efficient and accurate provisioning of user identities and privileges has never been as compelling an argument1."

Facing critical security issues such as access control, regulatory compliance and resource provisioning, healthcare providers are increasingly investing in technologies that automate the manual processes involved with providing quick and secure access to applications and information, while supplying audit trails that ensure compliance with government regulations. Based on the company's long history as a technology leader in the healthcare market, more and more healthcare organizations are turning to Courion to address these identity management challenges.

Courion's Enterprise Provisioning Suite enables healthcare organizations to simplify the complexities of provisioning, automating manual identity management policies for user provisioning, role management, password management, enterprise single sign-on and audit compliance. By leveraging existing infrastructure and integrating disparate workflows within the enterprise, Courion solutions help organizations achieve rapid business impact by:

* Providing immediate and appropriate access to clinical applications and protected health information (PHI) to ensure a high level of patient care is delivered

* Minimizing disruption to clinical workflow through automated provisioning and self-service password reset integrated with enterprise single sign-on

* Significantly reducing provisioning time - granting, modifying, or removing employee access quickly and accurately - from weeks to hours

* Effectively managing access rights for a constantly rotating and mobile workforce such as residents, interns and visiting nurses

* Automating password management policies that results in significant reduction in help desk calls, freeing up resources to focus on more immediate and pressing tasks

* Managing affiliated and independent clinicians' access activation and verification - including immediate revocation of access rights upon termination, eliminating the security risk of orphaned accounts

* Providing comprehensive audit trails to streamline IT audit processes and ensure compliance with government regulations

"Courion understands that the level of patient care a healthcare organization provides is directly related to how fast it can provide its workforce with access to clinical applications and patient information. This is why we focus on automating the manual identity management tasks that can impede secure access," said Deb Pappas, vice president of market strategy, Courion. "Courion continues to experience tremendous growth in the healthcare market because of the Enterprise Provisioning Suite's ability to rapidly tackle a wide range of identity management issues, ranging from enforcing strong password polices to quickly and securely providing access to vital information and applications."

These recent customer wins continue Courion's momentum in the healthcare industry, following the company's addition of the Trusted Healthcare Information Solutions Alliance (THISA) as a strategic partner in Courion's new reseller (VAR) program (http://www.courion.com/news/releases/2006/THISA_VAR_pr2006.asp). THISA is a national network of regional IT solution providers dedicated to delivering information solutions to mid-market healthcare organizations that are looking to reduce costs, improve quality of service and maintain compliance.

ABOUT COURION

Courion is the Enterprise Provisioning and Access Compliance Expert for results-driven organizations. Built on market-proven technology, Courion's software solutions streamline operations and automate business processes to simultaneously achieve cost, security and service quality results. Courion's innovative approach eliminates the complexity and barriers to provisioning and compliance adoption, resulting in an unparalleled track record of customer success. For more information, please visit www.courion.com

Courion is a registered trademark of Courion Corporation. Enterprise Provisioning Suite is a trademark of Courion Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1 Gartner, "User Provisioning is a Sound Foundation for Identity and Access Management," April 4, 2006
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