Key Features of LMS

Key Features of a Healthcare-Specific LMS

November 7, 2023
November 7, 2023

In our fast-evolving world, learning and performance management systems play a pivotal role. Nowhere is this more critical than in the dynamic healthcare sector, where top-notch patient care, regulatory compliance, and adapting to industry shifts are imperative.

A recent study by HealthStream highlights essential features of healthcare-specific Learning Management Systems (LMS) that are vital for HR leaders and professionals in healthcare. For example, access to an ecosystem of healthcare content, integration with Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and tracking of healthcare-specific skills and competencies are mentioned. 

The surveyed HR leaders showed that users of Learning or Performance Management Systems place highest value on tracking and analyzing employee performance. At the most basic level, they want to be able to track each employees’ compliance with continuing education and licensure requirements. Additionally, they expect their system to have good reporting and analytic tools to support their executive decision-making. 

When asked about new functionality for their Learning or Performance Management System, HR leaders mention better training for new users/administrators and more information about what their compliance obligations are and whether or not their organization is in compliance. 

A healthcare-specific LMS can bring many valuable benefits with industry-specific features. For more information about HealthStream’s Learning Center, click here

Key Findings

In March of 2023, HealthStream interviewed a group of HR leaders. Respondents were asked to rate the importance of various features that might be included in a Learning or Performance Management System and to indicate the importance they placed on having healthcare-specific content in these systems. The following graphics offer a snapshot of the key findings from this illuminating study:

Ranking of the 10 Features 

Based on the ratings, the feature noted as most important is: 

  • Continuing education or license tracking 

The least important feature is: 

  • Patient education: enable healthcare professionals to create and distribute patient education 

The following table shows the rating of each of the features, from most important to least important. 

Q. Rate the following features on a scale of 1 being most important and 10 being least important.


Mean Score


Reporting and analytics: includes features that enable tracking of user progress, course completion rates, and learner performance


Access to an ecosystem of healthcare specific applications and content


Integration with other systems such as HRIS, EHRs and other tools


Competency tracking: track employees’ competencies to ensure they have the necessary skills to perform their job duties


Mobile Native designed to enable employees to access content and applications on their mobile device


Role-based access control: restrict access to certain features or content based on job role content or seniority


Virtual simulation: practice procedures and treatments in a safe and controlled environment


Gamification such as badges, rewards, and leaderboards to increase learner engagement and motivation


Patient education: enable healthcare professionals to create and distribute patient education


Importance of Healthcare-Specific Functionality

Eight of the 12 HR leaders interviewed (67%) strongly agree that healthcare-specific functionality is important when choosing a Learning or Performance Management System. 

Q. When considering a Learning or Performance Management System, healthcare-specific functionality is a top consideration in the decision-making process. 


Number of Respondents

Percentage of Respondents

Strongly Agree









Strongly Disagree






Additional Healthcare Features

When asked to name additional healthcare-specific features or functionality they would like to see in an LMS, Performance Management, or similar application, the responses indicated a wide variety of needs, making it all the more important to understand included features when choosing a new LMS:

  • User reports that are easy to read
  • Learning/education opportunities for administrators
  • Interactive modules that engage learners
  • Better interfaces and better back-end administration
  • Content that meets healthcare compliance requirements
  • Clear, specific guidelines for compliance obligations and which courses meet them