While corporate training and employee development is essential for the success of any company, it is especially critical for healthcare companies where employee training and performance can directly impact patient well-being. Not long ago, corporate training programs were driven by instructor-led, classroom-based training. But in recent years, as cloud technologies have continued to evolve, online learning or “eLearning” has emerged as the cornerstone of many corporate training programs. And the foundational technology that supports eLearning and corporate training is the Learning Management System or “LMS”.
What is an LMS?
An LMS is the software application that supports all types of eLearning programs, including corporate training, by enabling the creation, delivery, and tracking of online courses and learning paths. While many large organizations choose to deploy their LMS on-premises, the more commonly preferred choice (especially among small to medium-sized organizations) is in utilizing a subscription-based cloud LMS, offered by a third-party vendor.
The growing popularity in LMS technology can be attributed to several factors, such as:
When compared to classroom-base training, an LMS offers a great deal of cost-effectiveness as it eliminates the need for employee travel and lodging. It also removes any requirement for on-site instructors, as well as the need to print and distribute training materials.
For many students, a challenge of classroom-based training is in the need to keep up with the pace set by the instructor. In many cases, this leads to decreased comprehension and retention of important employee training materials. In contrast, working with an LMS allows students to learn at their own pace and spend as much time as they need to on each piece of training content.
Deploying your corporate training program on a cloud LMS makes your training materials easily accessible. Employees can access critical learning content when and where they need it, all that is required is an Internet connection.
A cloud LMS allows you to easily scale your program as your corporate training needs grow and change over time. Most subscription-based cloud LMS vendors allow you to change your plans to support your changing capacity needs.
Another common challenge of classroom-based training is in ensuring consistency across your courses and sessions. An LMS eliminates this concern by allowing you to leverage the same materials across your program with consistent, up-to-date messaging.
Common LMS Uses for Healthcare Companies
While a corporate training program and LMS can impact numerous areas of a healthcare organization, some of the most common use cases include:
Employee Onboarding and Orientation
Build online learning and training programs to help new employees get off to a good start at your company and help ensure their success by providing them with all of the introductory information they will need to operate within your company.
If your company utilizes an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, your employees may need help in learning to navigate the program and get the most from it for their particular job roles. An LMS is a great solution for this.
To be successful in healthcare, employees need to develop all types of “soft” skills, including the ability to listen, communicate, and solve problems effectively. Any many healthcare employees need to develop and enhance their “hard” skills, which can include technology, clinical, and administrative abilities.
Many healthcare organizations struggle to determine the best way to ensure their employees have the awareness and knowledge they need to perform their jobs effectively and within HIPAA guidelines. An LMS can be a great way to deliver HIPAA training for healthcare organizations of all types.
LMS Portals: Cloud LMS for Healthcare
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system for healthcare organizations of all types and sizes. Using LMS Portals, our healthcare clients can launch and manage multiple, private eLearning environments to offer customized training portals for each of their learning audiences. And each portal you launch can have its own branding, user onboarding, messaging and collaboration tools, analytics, and more.