Memorial Hermann Selects Courion to Deliver Identity and Access Governance

Texas’ largest non-profit healthcare system streamlines compliance processes to exceed HIPAA requirements and reduce audit prep time

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Courion Corporation, leaders in access governance, provisioning and compliance, today announced that Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has selected the Courion Access Assurance Suite™ solution to manage user access and demonstrate policy and regulatory compliance for its 30,000 user population.

As the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System serves the greater Houston community through 11 hospitals, a vast network of affiliated physicians and numerous specialty programs and services. Its 30,000 users include 20,000 internal employees as well as 10,000 contractors, temporary workers and staff employed by third party agencies. Memorial Hermann is implementing the Courion solution to streamline user access in accordance with policy in order to protect patient data, reduce audit preparation time, and demonstrate HIPAA compliance for both employee and non-employee users.

Memorial Hermann chose Courion to help enhance security, improve efficiency, and reduce the time and costs associated with preparing for compliance audits. The Courion Suite will automate the definition, verification and enforcement of user access across their environment, thereby improving access certification and compliance, assuring protection of patient data, and reducing the time it takes to prepare for audits.

“As regulatory requirements mount for healthcare organizations like ours, it’s important to have a solution in place that ensures we are doing everything possible to protect the privacy of our patient data,” said Randy Yates, director of information security at Memorial Hermann. “By implementing the Courion Access Assurance Suite, we will be able to attest to the fact that our sensitive data is being accessed in accordance with internal policy and HIPAA requirements, while streamlining overall IT operations and making the audit process much less time-consuming.”

The Courion solution allows Memorial Hermann to perform access reviews for both employees and non-employees, including contractors, temporary workers, users from third party agencies and visiting nurses and physicians. Access reviews will include re-certification for all entitlements, enabling automated remediation for access that is outside of policy. These processes help to ensure only the right people have the right access to the right resources.

“Manual audit compliance can significantly increase the cost of operations, yet regular reviews of access policies are necessary to ensure that patient information is protected,” said Chris Sullivan, vice president of customer solutions for Courion. “The Courion Access Assurance Suite gives Memorial Hermann an automated identity and access governance process that puts responsibility in the hands of authorized business managers to certify or revoke access rights for users they supervise. This essentially delegates the task of certification to those who are in the best position to make an informed decision, and creates new efficiencies across the business, especially come audit time.”

Courion’s unique Access Assurance approach to identity, access and compliance management ensures that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. Access Assurance unifies Access Governance, Access Provisioning and Access Compliance in the most complex, heterogeneous environments. This comprehensive approach increases operational efficiency and transparency, strengthens security, and improves compliance, while delivering the industry’s fastest time to value and lowest total cost of ownership.

About the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 19,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 14 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including a level 1 trauma center, a hospital for children and a rehabilitation hospital, as well as three heart & vascular institute locations and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates an air ambulance, cancer, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit, or call 713-222-CARE.

About Courion

Courion’s award-winning Access Assurance solutions are used by more than 450 organizations and over 12 million users worldwide to quickly and easily solve their most complex identity and access management (password management, provisioning, and role management), risk and compliance challenges. Courion’s business-driven approach results in unparalleled customer success by ensuring users’ access rights and activities are compliant with policy while supporting both security and business objectives. For more information, please visit our website at, our blog at, or on Twitter at

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