SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, announced that it was awarded a $14 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and deployments will begin in January 2017 in U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) facilities around the world. This agreement with the DoD marks the largest contract in Vocera’s history. Under the terms of the contract, Vocera will equip care team members with its unique wireless, hands-free communication solution in 23 facilities across MEDCOM.
“Vocera is proud to be the standard for wireless hospital communication for the U.S. Army Medical Command world-wide,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “In mission-critical environments such as hospitals, it’s vital for mobile workers to have reliable technology that connects them instantly with the right person or information at the right time to deliver high-quality care and ensure patient safety and satisfaction.”
The DoD selected Vocera after extensive research was conducted by the Army showing several benefits of the communication solution. At Evans Army Community Hospital in Colorado, the hands-free technology helped improve operational efficiencies, and the emergency department reported a 50 percent decrease in the number of patients that left without being seen. In the family care ward, Vocera technology helped improve workflow, sped up nurse response times by 75 percent, and reduced patient falls by 81 percent. In the hospital’s primary care and specialty clinics, a time and motion study showed that nurses gained an additional 1.5 hours per day and primary care physicians gained 40 minutes after implementing the technology. These results demonstrated a strong return on investment, which the Army used to validate the purchase of the Vocera system across its medical facilities.
In 2015, The Vocera Communication Platform was awarded an Authority to Operate (ATO) from the DoD based on compliance with the security and risk management requirements specified by the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). In addition, The Vocera Communication Badge is a hands-free communication system that meets all government requirements, is FIPS 140-2 compliant, and Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified.
Proven to reduce steps and save time, the Vocera Communication Platform enables mobile workers to connect with the right person, group and information instantly. It also integrates with more than 120 clinical systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, physiologic monitors, ventilators and real-time location systems.
Vocera Communications, Inc. offers the most robust clinical communications system in healthcare. Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems, physiologic monitors and ventilators. These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company's research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Indiana, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.
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