Vocera Communications Inc., a hospital vendor of wireless, one-touch voice communication and documentation software that works on wireless badges or smart phones, has made its fourth acquisition since October 2010.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company has picked up Wallace Wireless Inc. of Toronto for an undisclosed sum. Wallace Wireless sells software that enables delivery of pages, text messages and alerts to AT&T and Blackberry smart phones. On a Blackberry, a separate inbox distinguishes pager alerts from e-mail and text messages, and enables one-click response and call back. A distinct ring tone also can be set to ring until an alert is viewed, even if the phone is set to "quiet" or "vibrate." Wallace Wireless serves multiple industries including health care provider organizations.

Vocera in October acquired Clinical Health Communications and Integrated Voice Solutions. Both Tennessee-based companies have voice-based software that uses landline or mobile phones and workflow/reporting software to record, monitor and mange patient hand-off communications, a new focus for Vocera. In November, Vocera bought ExperiaHealth, a San Francisco-based consultancy specializing in workflow issues.

More information is available at wallacewireless.com and vocera.com.

--Joseph Goedert


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