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Score 4.6 out of 101
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Absorb Anywhere LMS

Absorb worked well for us for a number of years but once we started to push the limits of the software, the company and the product let us down. Support became unresponsive and the product enhancements that we were told were coming never did.
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HealthStream

I would ask the project manager/leader if they intended on developing their own content, or if they were content with HealthStream's various content libraries. The decision to use HealthStream as a development tool, internally, cannot be taken lightly. There is a lot of work and required expertise involved in designing and maintaining original course materials. I would also ask if the project manager/leader had considered the amount of time required to manage a full-service HealthStream environment.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.4
New hire portal
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
Manager tracking tools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.1
Compliance tracking and reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
8.0

Performance and Goals

Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.1
Corporate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.3
Subordinate goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
Individual goal setting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.4
Line-of sight-visibility
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.3
Performance tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.3

Performance Management

Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.1
Performance plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.4
Plan weighting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Performance improvement plans
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.3
Review status tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.3
Rater nomination workflow
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.1
Review reminders
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.1
Workflow restrictions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Multiple review frequency
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.7

Succession Planning

Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.0
Create succession plans/pools
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
Candidate ranking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate search
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate development
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.5
Job Requisition Management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.5
Company Website Posting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.5
Publish to Social Media
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Job Search Site Posting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
Customized Application Form
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.5
Resume Management
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.5
Candidate Search
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.5
Applicant Tracking
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.5
Collaboration
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
5.0
Task Creation and Delegation
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
6.0
Email Templates
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
User Permissions
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0
Reporting
Absorb Anywhere LMS
HealthStream
7.0

Pros

  • Clean interface for learners
  • Logical organization of courses
  • Admin portal is OK
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  • Reporting. Having the ability to track compliance (and non-compliance) at our fingertips ensures that we are up-to-date with Federal, State, Local and internal policies, requirements and educational initiatives
  • Customization. Developing in-house materials, specific to our variable training needs is a huge plus - HealthStream's commitment to SCORM-ready content since 2011 has made it simple for us to connect, engage and interact with all of our staff and providers.
  • Integration. Allowing us to interface with our HRM/HRIS systems is invaluable. Keeping up with a dynamic workforce, both in terms of retention and attrition, would not be possible without our current interface structures.
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Cons

  • Customer Support is unresponsive and poor
  • Inconsistent interface in the product
  • Reporting out of Absorb is cumbersome
  • No search functionality within courses.
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  • Embedding elearning tutorials into HealthStream can be a bit complicated, and even slow down the site for the end user. In my experience, I found it much easier to just offer a link to the tutorial through the assessment portion.
  • Keeping users synced into the most up-to-date user groups can be a bit tricky. If you create your own student groups, and then these students transfer to a different job role or department, you will manually have to make these changes yourself. A more automated process would be great.
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Likelihood to Renew

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HealthStream7.2
Based on 11 answers
This product is not user friendly and requires too much training and must be used exactly as intended or it is not worth your time.
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Support

Absorb Anywhere LMS1.0
Based on 1 answer
Poor response time and generally poor responses.
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HealthStream9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to get support when needed regarding Healthstream issues
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Alternatives Considered

At the time of selection, we went with Absorb as they were one of the few that could handle online transactions for courses. We are in the process of migrating to Skilljar and will be discontinuing our subscription to Absorb in 2018.
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Again, it is user friendly, easier to implement, and fewer errors/IT issues.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to lighten the work load on our finance team by moving course purchase processing to the online platform.
  • Learning team was able to reduce the amount of live training and travel.
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  • I really do not see very good ROI, the product was not used efficiently and it was too difficult to use efficiently.
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Pricing Details

Absorb Anywhere LMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

HealthStream

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details