June 26, 2008
Netsmart University Continues Growth As Premier E-Learning and Learning Management Solution for Health and Human Services
GREAT RIVER, N.Y., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-wide software and services for health and human services organizations, today announced that Liz Vasti will join the company as vice president, Netsmart University. Vasti will have responsibility for managing the strategy and growth of the Netsmart University, the company's comprehensive education, online learning and learning management unit. The company also announced a recent new contract and a referral relationship for Netsmart University.
Vasti joins Netsmart from the Oracle Corporation, a leading worldwide enterprise software company, where she has served in e-learning and curriculum management positions since 1994. She will help further define behavioral and public health-specific content and lead the development of Netsmart University's full-featured learning management system, which enables organizations to create their own personalized Web-based corporate learning portals to support accreditation efforts, gain staff continuing education units (CEUs), and improve staff retention and productivity.
Vasti will also provide innovative, experience-based leadership for internal Netsmart corporate learning initiatives, including development of company-wide e-learning solutions to facilitate staff training, compliance and knowledge consolidation.
"Our selection of an industry leader to guide Netsmart University reflects our commitment to take e-learning in behavioral and public healthcare to the next level," said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "Liz's extensive global e-learning experience is a perfect fit for her role in continuing to build Netsmart University as a leading provider of comprehensive learning content and source for training and certification."
Sheree Graves, founder of Netsmart University, will assume a new role as a strategic development consultant and also manage learning content partner development.
"The addition of Ms. Vasti demonstrates Netsmart's dedication to raising the bar in learning management and growing the quality and quantity of its online training offerings," Graves said. "I look forward to working with her to grow Netsmart University as a premier source for online workplace curricula and competency management."
Vasti received bachelors and masters degrees in education from the University of South Florida. She joins Netsmart University as it expands both its customer base and strategic relationships.
NorthCare, one of Oklahoma's largest mental health counseling agencies, moved to Netsmart University from another learning provider and will use Netsmart University's extensive course catalog and learning management platform to manage training and development for more than 400 full-time and part-time staff.
"The key elements in our selection of Netsmart University were its integration with Netsmart's CMHC/MIS software and the extensive content of the Netsmart University course catalog," said Butch Rice, chief financial officer, NorthCare.
Netsmart also announced a partner referral agreement with the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries, a national association of United Methodist-related and other faith-based ministries and professionals actively involved in promoting quality care in a faith-based setting. The association will offer access to Netsmart University online and classroom courses to its more than 400 health and human service organizations and professionals nationwide, which serve nearly 32 million persons each year.
"We're excited to offer our members access to Netsmart University's outstanding training resources through what we are calling UMA University," said Rev. Dr. Mearle L. Griffith, president and chief executive officer of the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries. "The learning management system will be an effective management tool for our member agencies, and the many useful courses will enhance the preparation and job satisfaction of their employees."
For information about Netsmart University and Netsmart's full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit http://www.ntst.com/ or call 1-800-421-7503.
About Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
Netsmart Technologies is an established, leading supplier of enterprise-wide software solutions for health and human services providers. More than 18,000 customer organizations, including 350,000 care providers and nearly 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for millions of people each year.
Netsmart's customers include mental health and substance abuse treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, vital records offices and managed care organizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.
Netsmart's Connected Care initiative allows behavioral and public healthcare providers to share clinical data electronically within their internal processes, externally with other providers, and with consumers via a Web-based portal, enabling high quality, consumer-directed care.
Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Dave Kishler of Netsmart Technologies, +1-614-932-6723,[email protected]
Web site: http://www.ntst.com/