SAN JOSE, Calif., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), a provider of mobile communication solutions focused on addressing critical communication challenges facing hospitals, announced the availability of the Vocera Secure Messaging application that allows users to track when text, alarm, and alert messages are sent, delivered, and responded to. This latest version of the Vocera Secure Messaging platform offers real-time synchronization and features enhanced integration with the Vocera Voice platform. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120711/MM39184LOGO) Vocera also announced the availability of Vocera Connect for Smartphones including iPhone® and Android ™-based phones operating over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The enhanced suite of Connect applications brings the intelligent Vocera Voice application to the device that best fits the user's work needs. The latest release of the Vocera Messaging Platform v4.7 provides users robust, reliable delivery of critical pages, text messages, alarms and alerts with data encryption compatible with HIPAA requirements. Users can receive and send secure messages from smartphones, web-based consoles, or integrated third-party clinical systems. This release includes Active Directory synchronization and authentication which lowers administrative support needs, and increased security through enhanced device password enforcement that is important in the management of user-owned devices. "Hospitals worldwide are looking for new applications to help solve voice and text communication challenges that delay the delivery of care or result in a poor patient experience," said Brent Lang, President and Chief Operating Officer, Vocera Communications. "These new applications expand the Vocera experience beyond the users of the Vocera Communication Badge to those who prefer to bring their own device to share instant voice communication and secure text, alert and alarm delivery." The new release of the Vocera System software delivers the powerful Vocera Connect application that brings the best of Vocera one-touch communication to the iPhone and Android devices. The Vocera Connect application complements the hands-free Vocera B3000 Communication Badge that allows hospital personnel to communicate instantly from the point of care. With Vocera Connect, care providers can now use their existing device to leverage the intelligent workflow of the Vocera System when working inside or outside of the facility, over a Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.