Vocera security framework provides higher level of controls for healthcare technology

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognized provider of clinical communication and workflow solutions, has announced it received a new Authority to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Defense (DoD), based on compliance with strict security requirements and risk assessments outlined in the Risk Management Framework (RMF), the company said.

The RMF is the unified information security framework replacing the legacy Certification and Accreditation (C&A) processes within federal government departments and agencies, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Intelligence Community (IC).

The RMF was developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to help DoD and federal agencies manage information technology risks. The DoD security authorization process, which was successfully completed for the hands-free Vocera Communications Badge, is an integral part of authorizing, securing and managing healthcare technology systems across the DoD.

The framework is a risk-based approach to cybersecurity that replaces the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) as the required process to obtain ATO. The RMF demands a higher level of security that assesses risks even more effectively with the introduction of assurance controls and continuous monitoring of those controls.

Vocera technology is currently deployed in 25 US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) facilities. The wearable Vocera Communication Badge meets all federal government requirements, is FIPS 140-2 compliant, and Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified. Proven to reduce steps and save time, this communication solution enables mobile healthcare 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, and real-time location systems.

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency.