Learning management systems are invaluable tools for all kinds of healthcare organisations. Healthcare is a sector under pressure, but online training on an LMS helps to relieve some of the strain.

For example, diverting fact-based learning assets onto a digital course frees up more time in face-to-face units for practical training.

While an LMS can deliver benefits to all kinds of industries, it can be especially useful in training healthcare practitioners. The right LMS will offer unlimited user access, translation features and detailed reporting to make sure that training is carried out successfully. When choosing an LMS solution however the range of systems available can be daunting. Here are 7 features to look for in order to make the most of the possibilities particularly suited to healthcare training.

1. A clear user interface

Trainees in any industry respond better to an interface that is clear and intuitive. If your courses are clunky and hard to use, your learners will be reluctant to take them and teaching will become ineffective. If the design is really bad, they might not even be able to navigate around the course to complete it.

Appearance is also a factor to consider here; users will feel more confident in the authority of a training program that looks modern and professional.

2. Custom features

The administration of healthcare companies can be complex. To ensure your LMS so it is important to choose an LMS with plenty of scope for bespoke features.

Likewise, customisation extends to the look and feel of your LMS; if your brand is important to you, so should be the appearance of your digital assets.

Bespoke customisation also allows you to tailor the learning process more specifically to your users’ learning objectives. This is important in healthcare especially, where subtle differences matter and it is crucial that staff complete courses with a thorough understanding of the material.

3. Reporting and analytics

A good LMS offers detailed reporting and analytics features. With these, you can assess the success of your training and identify any competency issues.

4. Integration

Integration with data systems is an important feature of an LMS for healthcare organisations. Patient and staff data changes continuously and it is vital to stay up to date. Integration with third party applications such as instant messaging and email also helps your training operate smoothly, and opens up a world of social learning possibilities.

5. Adaptability

Flexible development is key to the longevity of your LMS, especially in healthcare. As the field of medicine changes constantly, so do guidelines and practices for staff. This means that you should prepare to have features added and adapted in the future.

6. Unlimited availability

One of the main benefits of training online on a learning management system is that it is available to anyone, anywhere with internet access. A good LMS solution will allow you to add as many users as you like without extra costs, meaning that more potential practitioners can learn your healthcare principals. Optional translation into multiple languages radically increases this accessibility to a worldwide audience. This could have the potential to scale your business exponentially at minimal additional expense.

7. Point of need use

Finally, training on an LMS gives users the ability to access information at the point of need. With the right LMS, any information covered in the course will be quickly accessible if a user needs an immediate recap during their real life healthcare work. Ideally of course the user would remember the information that they had learned, but everyone needs a reminder sometimes. A LMS that is accessible on mobile, with responsive design, is crucial to this.

Plume’s LMS solution

The LMS solution we offer at Plume can answer all of these needs. With a strong background in LMS and web development for health and therapy organisations, we know how useful an LMS can be for these industries – when it is done right.