Healthcare Solution combines HR, training, goal management.

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SumTotal Healthcare Solution Set integrates set of healthcare job competencies from Integrated HR Solutions (IHRS) into the SumTotal Talent Development Suite. It lets healthcare providers deliver targeted learning and development to overcome competency gaps as well as perform regular employee assessments. Additional functionality lets users manage goals, meet audit standards, manage compensation, and track continuing education credits required for regular license renewal.

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SumTotal Releases Healthcare Solution Set for Talent Development Suite

Integrated Jobs and Competencies, Position Management, Competency Assessments and Continuing Education Tracking Allow for More Effective Workforce Development

India, Hyderabad, March 25, 2009- SumTotal® Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT), the market leader and a global provider of talent development solutions, today released the SumTotal Healthcare Solution Set that leverages the power of SumTotal's Talent Development Suite and data and software through a partnership with Integrated HR Solutions (IHRS). The Healthcare Solution Set integrates a best-in-class set of healthcare jobs and competencies into the SumTotal Talent Development Suite. The SumTotal Healthcare Solution Set allows healthcare providers to easily provide targeted learning and development to overcome competency gaps, perform regular employee assessments, manage goals, meet audit standards of The Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies, manage compensation, and better track and manage continuing education credits required for regular license renewal.

"In a time the healthcare industry is faced with a shortage of qualified clinical staff, economic strain and increased regulation, these organizations need a solution to save time, develop talent and ultimately increase safety, quality of care, and overall satisfaction of patients," said Ray Pitts, Vice President of Professional Services at SumTotal. "SumTotal worked in conjunction with its healthcare customers, including the three top-rated hospitals in the nation, to create the Solution Set for Healthcare by optimizing our integrated Talent Development Suite for this industry."

By integrating healthcare job competencies from IHRS and automating the performance review process, the SumTotal Talent Development Suite gives healthcare organizations the tools and processes needed to comply with industry audits while saving time for valuable employees. Unlike tools that simply automate performance appraisals, SumTotal's integrated Talent Development Suite provides actionable recommendations to cultivate internal talent, improve quality of care and ultimately achieve higher industry ratings. Additional benefits to healthcare organizations include:

Compliance - Better manage and meet audits by the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies
Efficiency - Automated and intuitive workflows reduce the amount of time needed to complete competency assessments and regular performance reviews of clinical staff
Bridge training gap - SumTotal's learning system provides targeted recommendations to achieve next level of proficiency
Manage continuing education credits - Easily create, assign, track and manage across multiple business units and multiple States for needed licensure. Credit certificates are printable and include all credentials and license numbers
Goals management - Measure and compensate hospital managers based on quality, safety, patient satisfaction, efficiency and financial performance goals
Succession planning - Retain and develop top talent in a competitive environment
Compensation planning- leverage performance assessments and performance against goals to manage yearly compensation

"Healthcare providers have some of the most difficult and complex management and development challenges of any industry," said Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, a leading industry research firm. "Today one of the best ways to increase the efficiency and quality of care is to rely on integrated talent management solutions which improve alignment, reduce operational costs, and help more rapidly develop people to meet changing healthcare needs."

To learn more about SumTotal Systems' talent development offerings for healthcare organizations, please visit:

About SumTotal Systems, Inc.
SumTotal Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT) is the market leader and global provider of talent development solutions. SumTotal deploys mission-critical solutions designed to drive learning, align goals, develop skills, assess performance, plan for succession and set compensation. SumTotal's solutions aim to accelerate performance and profits for more than 1,500 companies and governments of all sizes, including six of the world's 10 biggest pharmaceutical makers, six of the 10 largest automotive companies in the world, four of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, three of the world's top five airlines, five of the six largest U.S. commercial banks and two of the world's top five specialty retailers. Mountain View, Calif.-based SumTotal has offices across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information about SumTotal's products and services, visit

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