New Creato E-Learning Suite

Creato announces release of next generation e-learning for Lean & Six Sigma

Scottsdale, Arizona (June 15, 2011)—In conjunction with the 2011 Institute of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Creato announced its next generation series of e-learning courses in healthcare performance improvement, including Lean for Healthcare, Six Sigma Greenbelt for Healthcare, and Performance Improvement Today™. Additionally, and for the first time ever, Creato will be making these products available to individual subscribers seeking certifications in either Lean or Six Sigma.

"Individuals have been asking us for years to help them gain access to this material," recalls Mark Mathews, MD, Creato's Managing Partner. "Our focus has been on addressing the performance improvement needs of the institutional buyer, such as hospitals and health plans." Creato claims among its client base some of the largest health systems in the U.S, including North Mississippi Medical Center, winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award for Quality.

The move to offer individual access to e-learning products reflects the growing movement among healthcare executives to take the initiative in building skillsets in anticipation of the demands of healthcare reform. In a recent study published by Healthcare Executive magazine, 42% of hospitals surveyed claimed they have used Lean or Six Sigma methods to reduce costs and increase effectiveness in their organization.

Creato's Continuous Learning Lab™ platform improves on a product line first introduced in 2003 and later offered through channel partnerships with the American Society for Quality and the American College of Healthcare Executives. The company has added significant enhancements to the platform, including healthcare-specific case studies, tools and templates to support project work, and multi-media features to make the program more entertaining.

"We gave our developers a seemingly impossible task," recalls Dr. Mathews. "We asked them to create a product so engaging, so compelling, that users simply could not wait to get online and begin using it."

At the AHIP conference this week, Creato will offer a 15% discount to either its Lean or Six Sigma Greenbelt product. To obtain the discount and to be pre-registered for the programs, AHIP attendees must contact a member of the Creato staff on the exhibit floor, or contact the Creato office at 480.473.2525. The pre-registration offer will expire on June 24, 2011.

About Creato: Creato Performance Solutions (www.creato.com) has been providing technologies and training to support corporate performance improvement for nearly 20 years. Today, Creato is a leading provider of Lean and Six Sigma deployment, and Project Portfolio Management products including the COMPASS® Quality Management System. Their combined classroom and online training programs are available through the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and a variety of other channel partners across the U.S. A recent study of 150 projects completed by Creato clients over the past 10 years revealed an average return on investment of 7:1.

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