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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Presenter

I love using Presenter to turn old, boring, and stagnant material into interactive course material. The software is useful for educators looking to author online courses or to author courses with an online portion. If you need a software that will enable you to take content you already have and then to make it more dynamic, offer students options of which way to go with their learning, then this is the software for you. The tools are similar to the office suite, so there isn't a steep learning curve.
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HealthStream

I think that the biggest area where HealthStream is suited is to track required trainings, presentations, tests etc. Because of its intuitive design and relative ease to set up required material, it would be very easy to implement HealthStream on a larger scale. However, if the primary goal of the end user is simply to roll out assessments, something like SurveyMonkey may be a better option.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Adobe Presenter
6.9
HealthStream
Course authoring
Adobe Presenter
7.0
HealthStream
Course catalog or library
Adobe Presenter
6.0
HealthStream
Player/Portal
Adobe Presenter
7.0
HealthStream
Learning content
Adobe Presenter
8.0
HealthStream
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Presenter
5.0
HealthStream
Learning administration
Adobe Presenter
6.0
HealthStream
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Presenter
9.0
HealthStream

Onboarding

Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.4
New hire portal
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.0
Manager tracking tools
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.0
Compliance tracking and reporting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
8.0

Performance and Goals

Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.1
Corporate goal setting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.3
Subordinate goal setting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.0
Individual goal setting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.3
Line-of sight-visibility
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.3
Performance tracking
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.3

Performance Management

Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.1
Performance plans
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.4
Plan weighting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
5.0
Performance improvement plans
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.3
Review status tracking
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.3
Rater nomination workflow
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.0
Review reminders
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.0
Workflow restrictions
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
5.0
Multiple review frequency
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
5.0
Reporting
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.7

Succession Planning

Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
6.0
Create succession plans/pools
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.0
Candidate ranking
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate search
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate development
Adobe Presenter
HealthStream
7.0

Recruiting / ATS

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

Pros

  • This tool is great for allowing anyone already familiar with PowerPoint to convey reasonably simple and short content asynchronously. It's quick and easy to learn how to use it and even allows for some basic types of quiz questions.
  • You can publish it to your company's Adobe server (if you have one) or as a SCORM package to upload to a traditional LMS.
  • It gives you the choice of recording audio within its own PowerPoint ribbon (not my method of choice) or to import and sync audio created outside of Presenter (which I prefer, because it's easier to edit and maintain.)
  • I also love that it comes with Adobe Presenter Video Express, which can be used within the Presenter ribbon or as a stand-alone application. It's a very easy way to create short system demos with narration, and allows for zooming and panning, as well as allowing you to intersperse, or even simultaneously show, webcam video.
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  • Meeting healthcare regulatory education needs - comes with a regulatory library focused on those needs (The Joint Commission and OSHA)
  • Elective Course Options - dozens of course libaries available for purchase to meeting contining education needs of nurses and clinical employees
  • Class Registraion - Does a really nice job of handling thousands of class registrations for massive education roll outs
  • Course Building - with additional resources you can purchase rights to author your own courses.
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Cons

  • Among its strengths, Presenter is outstanding at demonstrating software. However, it has zero native simulation capability. For that, you also need Captivate. While it's designed to work with that solution, I've yet to find an efficient application in a real-world training environment.
  • Presenter is a deceptively unintuitive solution. If you know PowerPoint (and who doesn't?), it feels like home. However, it has nuances that aren't readily obvious. For example, it's video recording capability is both built into the PowerPoint add-in and is accessible as a standalone. How they behave is similar but not identical..
  • Support is surprisingly weak. The version I have is once removed from the latest. I recently discovered that it has a bug. I was surprised to learn that reporting it to Adobe is impossible since the web page where this occurs does not include Presenter as an option. Are they aware and was it corrected? I don’t know. Fortunately, it's not critical, but it does raise several concerns.
  • Training and on-demand help is also weak. While there are some standalone videos and other help resources on the internet, what’s freely available isn’t complete. As a result, ramp up took several months longer than it should have. Much of my learning was through experimentation and web searches. Those searches were at times frustrating since the community of users doesn't appear to be as great as other training development solutions. The best training I found was on Lynda.com. I highly recommend either Lynda or a similar site if you get Adobe Presenter.
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  • From an administrative point of a view they use an "and" relationship in their database and they need to move to and and/or relationship. So a nurse can work in the ED and hold a second job in the medical/peds. Right now HealthStream doesn't find that nurse and it takes a lot of work to find that 2nd job code on the administrative side. HealthStream should be able to pick that up.
  • It is lacking a 2nd supervisor field to pick up the 2nd job codes that are created which links up to issue number one. Once you find the 2nd job code you can't link it to 2nd supervisor.
  • The HLC/competency center needs alot more programming work. It's a newer program for HealthStream and missing alot needed requests. It needs checklist functionality or some special editable fields and an ability to change rater on the assignments to help the educators.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Presenter8.2
Based on 1 answer
My company is pretty invested in the Adobe ecosystem and is unlikely to change that in the foreseeable future. Also, Adobe Presenter is a very valuable tool and, with the new subscription model and the pricing we have, a relatively modest expense now. It's also fairly easy to learn and use, so it is starting to spread beyond the sphere of the various Learning & Development departments.
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HealthStream7.2
Based on 11 answers
HealthStream met our needs and they were very responsive on the customer service side when we had issues trying to upload course assets. It was mostly stable, at times when running reports it may crash - but uptime was very acceptable and within industry norms. Pretty easy to get the navigation of the tool down.
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Usability

Adobe Presenter7.3
Based on 1 answer
For all of the reasons I mentioned earlier. Overall, it's quite easy to create basic presentations with and to publish output with, either to an Adobe server, an LMS, or, I think, as stand-alone module. But there are some areas for improvement and better in-product help and explanations would be helpful, as well.
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Support

Adobe Presenter3.6
Based on 1 answer
I think I pretty much answered this earlier....premium support is extremely expensive and online support can be difficult to navigate. Although, to be fair, when it comes to Presenter (compared to, say, Captivate), there isn't too frequent a need for support, since Presenter is a rather simple tool to use
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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

To recap, it falls short in the quality of the deliverables compared to some others. That said, it is well within acceptable range for many learning environments and audiences. It also is significantly more flexible and affordable than anything else. If I had only one e-learning solution to pick, this would be the one. It is, in fact, my "Go to" solution most of the time..
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Best overall in both price and ability to offer all the modules that our organization required. HealthStream gave the best opportunity for growth with a system versus the other systems that we looked at. It also offered us the ability to customize programs to fit the organization. HealthStreams gives us the support of other local healthcare facilities that are using the same programs
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Return on Investment

  • The net impact is extremely strong due to it's relatively low cost, high flexibility and extremely rapid development capability.
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  • Time-consuming
  • Not user-friendly
  • Able to do education modules
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Pricing Details

Adobe Presenter

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