Evaluation: Vocera B3000n Badge Wearable Clinical Communications Device

October 16, 2019 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • The Vocera B3000n Badge is a wearable clinical communications device that allows clinical staff to communicate with each other and with patients while following all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy standards. Many features are voice-activated with a press of the device's haptic button, allowing near-hands-free operation. The B3000n Badge is used in conjunction with the Vocera Platform, a communications system that includes the Vocera Collaboration Suite care coordination application, which we've evaluated separately. The B3000n Badge allows the user to:
    • Conduct voice conversations mostly hands-free. A single button press is required to initiate a call. No button press is required to answer a call or acknowledge an automatic alert.
    • Receive secondary alarm notifications from the point of care hands-free
    • Initiate personal alarms (i.e., a staff assist alarm). Double-tapping a button on the device initiates a silent preprogrammed message.
  • Major device components and software features include:
    • Wearable device that can be clipped to a lapel or worn on a lanyard: 98 × 36 mm (3.9 × 1.4 in), 53.5 g (1.9 oz). Includes an 80 × 82-bit touchscreen LED display and a swappable battery.
    • Wearable device software configuration application for basic configuration to connect to the Vocera Platform server.
    • Communication interfaces between the wearable devices and the hospital network:
      • 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/k/n/r/w)
        • Wi-Fi security protocols: 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, TKIP, AES-CCMP
        • Authentication methods include: PSK, Cisco EAP(LEAP2) using 802.1x, PEAP v0, EAP-FAST with AUTOPAC, EAP-TLS, 802.11w
  • The Vocera B3000n Badge can be used in any healthcare environment.
  • For a list of Vocera integration partners, please see...

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