To larger organisations, we would strongly advise shortlisting the following vendors when looking for the best LMS for healthcare providers.
Following on from our article on How to Choose Healthcare Learning Management Systems, we present our recommendations in no strict order of preference but alphabetically in 3 sections. Established, large, full solutions are first, then more niche offerings for smaller organisations or tactical deployments, and finally two LMS with a strong position in Knowledge Management.
DLC Solutions produces the EthosCE LMS. This is a US based company, producing a very content orientated LMS with authoring capability built in and some learning content management functionality. The Mobile Smartphone Application for Live Meeting Attendance Tracking is an interesting feature and CCGs holding CPD events would find this feature of considerable benefit.
The EthosCE LMS platform appears to be very popular with Pharmaceutical industry and medical training providers utilising its e-commerce solution to charge for training.
Less well known in the UK, but this is an LMS that merits serious consideration. Docebo is a very good LMS and it is leading in extended enterprise functionality which we see as an increasingly important requirement in healthcare. Docebo are certainly innovators in the LMS market with a continued commitment to launching new features with a very strong focus on integration and apps. The Docebo LMS is fully mobile compatible and is one of the leaders in mlearning and Apps.
Enable from Virtual College
Virtual College have been in the LMS business for over 20 years and have developed unrivalled expertise and as such has one of the most evolved LMS solutions we know. Their continued investment into the platform is impressive and it meets our metrics. In addition Virtual College have a dedicated team devoted to healthcare and have rolled out several exciting e-learning content and LMS projects. This is a full feature LMS and auditing and reporting is very strong, competence management functionality is also very good and the Enable solution is very robust to support scaling.
A very impressive and full feature set LMS well represented already in NHS healthcare with its ability to integrate third party training provision and powerful workflow and audit capability this is another LMS that offers the required features and more. Integration is very well developed allowing Enterprise Study to integrate with existing workflows and manage multi departmental budgets reflecting the company’s expertise in training management and workflow design and business modelling skills.
Escalla is a less well known LMS, but actually comes from Premier IT, a well-known provider in healthcare e-learning and learning technologies. Escalla is an evolved platform with some good features and its alignment with many NHS operational procedures is impressive. It is also linked to US health systems vendor Cerner. Escalla also develops e-learning materials for healthcare and has obvious in-depth understanding of the healthcare environment.
The Kallidus LMS has great pedigree and track record and is well evolved and configurable for use in healthcare. Kallidus is a well – developed LMS that provides the full feature set we looked for in our review. Kallidus offers a full learning and talent suite that is one of the most comprehensive in the market offering a full e-learning and training solution. Kallidus LMS is well developed and is particularly effective in scheduling learning and is successfully deployed in several NHS bodies.
Moodle / Totara
Open source LMS solutions Moodle and Totara have been very successful in healthcare, with several high profile NHS trusts and organisations using them. There is no doubt about the breadth of capability in Moodle as a learning environment. In our view it is important to work with an approved Moodle partner with expertise in healthcare such as Webanywhere, who are both European and North American Moodle partners.
Lighter touch solutions for smaller organisations or more streamlined tactical learning projects in larger organisations.
For more mid-sized organisations we would add some other LMS recommendations for lighter or more tactical solutions (that also could be used by larger organisations for tactical training interventions). These deliver more training focused solutions or more innovative solutions where challenges and requirements are more nuanced, such as learner engagement, course building and content curation and knowledge management, to name but a few challenges faced by healthcare organisations.
aNewSpring is the Training department’s LMS! A feature rich LMS focused on training delivery, learner engagement and the creation of training materials in a quick and efficient way. This platform offers a neat way for both curating and creating e-learning courses. The curation function is very impressive and allows disparate learning resources to catalogued and used in multiple courses.
The a NewsSpring powerful in built LCMS (Learning content management function) allows for the use of individual learning assets across multiple courses and of course their withdrawal and updating. The content creation allows for building materials and testing materials for differing sizes of screens, and it has some neat tricks to ensure learners remain engaged…memo trainer is neat little tool that provides reminder quizzes to mobile devices to re-inforce learning, based on a sophisticated settable adaptive learning algorithm.
Create is a new LMS to the market that offers flexibility and effective e-learning provision in an easy to use way. This platform is capable of being optimised for low bandwidth solutions and can be installed quickly and easily server side. The Create User Interface is excellent and learners will quickly engage with the materials and the administration features and powerful enough to produce good reports and information.
This is a new LMS developed by Safety Media and very well established e-learning provider. This LMS is designed to meet a set of specific needs by focusing on the delivery of SCORM e-learning courses and comes with an excellent user interface and reporting function. For pure play e-learning led initiatives scormLMS is a high performing learning management system that is exceptionally easy to use for learners and administrators.
Tugaru is another of the less well known LMS, but one we have tracked with great interest and growing excitement. Tugaru is an exceptionally robust LMS built on the Kentico CMS platform and is bringing marketing automation to e-learning which we find exciting and very innovative as it is really delivering personalised and adaptive learning. While programmed reminders and e-mails from administrators have typically been how organisations have engaged with learners who were not always keen to participate in the learning, Tugaru is about changing that and is applying the tools of marketing automation to personalised learner engagement. Tugaru is a comprehensive LMS all about learner engagement and by leveraging the power of the Kentico CMS it is innovative and offers a first class user interface to embrace learners.
In addition we would highlight up LMS solutions more focused towards knowledge management
WillowDNA Pathway Cloud
Pathway Cloud is used by a leading medical Royal College and is designed to seamlessly integrate into organisations seeking to develop both formal and informal learning with a strong focus on social learning. Pathway Cloud is a well thought through LMS that can support learning in a way that solutions such as Sharepoint cannot offer.
Kokm is a new player in the LMS market and it offers an original take on the genre. Rather than being only a classic Learning Management System, the Kokm package includes an intranet, an extranet, a resource library and an LMS. There is a lot of interesting technology and experience behind this platform.
This means that Kokm provides a holistic solution for the healthcare organisation that wants to procure, update, or replace its intranet, extranet and resource library. However, this could also pose a challenge if an organisation is happy with its current non-LMS systems.
Kokm also offers an interesting take on scalability. One of Kokm’s strengths is that it benefits from learners contributing to the system with their learning experiences, pictures, videos and other multimedia resources. If you think the learners in your organisation will contribute to and share their learning, then Kokm offers a really interesting opportunity.
The final vendor to note is Tribal in our review of the market,
Tribal have delivered one of the largest e-learning led deployments into the NHS (The Southwest Strategic health authority was the original customer), with a huge amount of learning resources made available as part of this project and have partnered with eXact a leading LCMS vendor that already plays a role in the NHS ESR infrastructure.
Tribal have considerable expertise in LMS, though we have not reviewed this product we are aware of their considerable skills in bespoke platform development and information systems.
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