US-based clinical communication and workflow solution provider Vocera Communications has received an authority to operate (ATO) from the Department of Defense (DoD), extending the deployment of the Vocera Badge beyond the US Army to facilities in the airforce and navy.

The security process is part of authorising, securing and managing healthcare technology systems across the DoD.

The ATO is granted based on compliance with security requirements and risk assessments outlined in the risk management framework (RMF).

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed the RMF, a unified information security framework, to help DoD and federal agencies manage and monitor information technology risks.

Vocera vice-president of military health systems Gregory Young said: “For many years the wearable Vocera Badge has been used in MEDCOM facilities around the world to improve care team communication.

“The communication solution reduces steps, saves time, and enables mobile healthcare workers to connect with the right person, group and information instantly.”

“With this new ATO, we are very excited to extend our customer base and offer our defence-grade solution to healthcare facilities in the US airforce and navy.”

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The badge meets federal requirements, is FIPS 140-2 compliant and has been certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

The communication solution reduces steps, saves time, and enables mobile healthcare workers to connect with the right person, group and information instantly.

Vocera Badge integrates with more than 140 clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, physiologic monitors, and real-time location systems.

More than 1,850 facilities globally, including 1,600 hospitals and healthcare facilities, are using Vocera’s clinical communication and workflow solutions.

Using the company’s solutions, care team members communicate and collaborate with co-workers by securely texting or calling, and can be notified of important alerts and alarms.

In addition, users can choose the right device for their role or task, including smartphones or the company’s hands-free, wearable Vocera Smartbadge and Vocera Badge.