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Partners HealthCare Selects Courion Identity Management Solutions; Leading Healthcare Provider Deploys PasswordCourier and ProfileCourier to Securely Automate Password and Profile Management Processes.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Courion(R) Corporation, the provisioning specialist, today announced that Partners HealthCare has selected its PasswordCourier(R) password provisioning solution and ProfileCourier(R) profile management solution to bolster the healthcare provider's identity management infrastructure. Integrated with Partners' homegrown provisioning solution, the implementation will enable users to securely and automatically reset and synchronize passwords across applications and update personal profile information directly within corporate directories.

As part of its commitment to support a best practices security policy, Partners continually conducts industry audits to evaluate security approaches by its peers that could be leveraged to further enhance existing security processes. As a result, Partners recently developed a provisioning solution to manage and control user access to sensitive information. To ensure the solution withstood stringent security parameters, Partners determined that it needed advanced password and profile management solutions that could integrate with existing infrastructure. Based on Courion's history as a technology leader in the healthcare space, Partners selected Courion's PasswordCourier and ProfileCourier.

"As our network continues to grow, we need to ensure we can expand our provisioning capabilities to include application delivery to community physicians and nurses beyond our walls. To accomplish this, we set out to strengthen our password management capabilities to ensure a high level of security while minimizing process," said Mary Buonanno, corporate manager for IS support services, Partners HealthCare. "Courion was the only solution that provided the flexibility to integrate with our existing provisioning infrastructure and enable staff and workers outside the firewall to manage their passwords and profiles. As a result, we have achieved best practices in security in the context of provisioning."

Partners chose Courion's Password Courier and ProfileCourier solutions to bolster its identity management practices, citing Courion's ability to integrate with existing, homegrown IT infrastructure as a deciding factor. Unlike competitive technologies that require substantial infrastructure build, Courion's enterprise provisioning solutions leverage existing infrastructure to accelerate time-to-value and deliver rapid business impact.

Partners was also impressed with Courion's deep experience in the healthcare industry, showcased by its history of successful implementations at other healthcare providers, and the company's expert and knowledgeable professional services. Partners also cited Courion's project management and engineering healthcare expertise .

During its evaluation, Partners considered developing password and profile management solutions "in house," but elected instead to go the best-of-breed approach with Courion. Once fully implemented, Partners and Courion will create an interface from the current internal provisioning solution to Courion's PasswordCourier and ProfileCourier - strengthening security and increasing operational efficiencies.

"For healthcare providers, effective patient care starts with physicians and staff having the required access to the information and applications needed to perform their jobs - in a secure environment," said Deb Pappas, vice president of market strategy, Courion. "With Courion's Enterprise Provisioning Solutions, Partners HealthCare can enforce strong password and profile management policies, eliminating security loopholes and freeing up IT resources to focus staff on additional strategic tasks."

ABOUT PARTNERS HEALTHCARE Partners HealthCare was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners is an integrated health care system that offers patients a continuum of coordinated high-quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians, community hospitals, the two founding academic medical centers, specialty facilities, community health centers, and other health-related entities. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.

ABOUT COURION

Courion's rapid business impact approach enables you to avoid the pitfalls of traditional user provisioning and achieve lasting business value. By eliminating dependencies, prerequisites, and other barriers to provisioning success, Courion is able to address the specific business needs of customers and provide both extensibility and adaptability to the changes that are the reality of today's business environment. Powered by the industry's most flexible provisioning technology, Dynamic Community(TM) set-based provisioning, Courion offers an integrated suite of solutions for user provisioning, role management, enterprise single sign-on, audit compliance and password management. For more information, please visit our website at www.courion.com.

Courion, PasswordCourier and ProfileCourier are registered trademarks of Courion Corporation. Enterprise Provisioning Suite and Dynamic Community are trademarks of Courion Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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