Evaluation: Spectralink Versity Purpose-Built Clinical Communications Device

February 12, 2020 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • The Spectralink Versity is a multifunction communications device primarily used by clinical staff to communicate with each other and with patients.
    • When the device is used with a care coordination application (we've evaluated several such applications), one can:
      • Communicate via secure texting
      • Initiate voice conversations
      • Receive secondary alarm notifications from the point of care
    • We tested the Spectralink Versity equipped with an integrated bar-code reader and the Connexall MobileConnex care coordination application.
  • Other functions and characteristics specific to the Spectralink Versity device are:
    • Hosting other clinical applications, such as BCMA and mobile EMR thin client
    • Personal alarms—push-button (panic) alarm, automated man-down/no-movement detection
  • Major device components and software features include:
    • Versity handset: 153 × 76 mm (6 × 3 in), 214 g (7.5 oz). Includes a 115 × 65 mm (4.5 × 2.6 in) 1080 × 1920-pixel touchscreen for display and user input, front (8 MP) and rear (13 MP) cameras with flash, and a hot-swappable battery. Belt clips are an optional accessory.
    • An optional integrated laser bar-code reader. Bar-code readers at the point of care enhance safety through a BCMA system. Integrated laser bar-code readers allow use in dimly lit areas, such as patient rooms at night.
    • Hot-swappable battery with secondary battery backup. Batteries can be replaced with zero downtime and without requiring the user to log in again.
    • Handset software: Spectralink Application Manager, a web-based solution that eases deployment via QR code. This works in conjunction with enterprise mobile device management (MDM) software to provide centralized administration of all deployed handsets (i.e., install/uninstall apps, manage device settings, apply security patches and firmware updates).
    • Handset communication interfaces to hospital networks: (1) Wi-Fi interface, including Voice over Wi-Fi application support. The following protocols are supported:
      • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n/d/h/i/k/r/u/ac)
      • Quality of Service: i) Spectralink Voice Quality Optimization ii) Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Power Save and Admission Control iii) DSCP tagging
      • Wi-Fi security protocols: Authentication methods include:

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