Maximize your understanding and usage of Practical Data Solutions’ products and services through our Workshops, Academy Training, and Custom Training.

Training

Workshops

Our online Workshops provide a high-level overview and understanding of Practical Data Solutions (PDS) products and specific trends in data analytics for healthcare organizations. Generally 45 minutes in length, these sessions are designed to acquaint attendees with PDS best practices in data modeling, reporting and visualization and how to maximize the value of analytic products and solutions.

Academy Training

For clients seeking more in-depth training than is offered in our Workshops, we offer our Academy Training series. Presented in a lecture-style format, these online classes will instruct end users on PDS products and PDS best practice content including PDS iMPower, PDS DASH, and Patient Access and Denials Management. We also offer Academy Training Courses on other leading analytics platforms such as IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy and Tableau.

The class offerings range from beginner classes for new users just learning the tools or those who need a refresher, to advanced classes for users looking to learn the advanced functionality of PDS solutions. Best practices in Excel, web-based dashboard design, reporting and PDS data sets are examples of the topics covered. Our specific class areas of focus change quarterly and are listed in each Academy Training class description below.

A PDS product license is required to attend Academy Training. 

Custom Training

Custom training is available for new clients as part of implementation, or upon client request. These classes deliver the most in-depth and hands-on experience in the PDS Education Program. Client-specific classes are highly interactive with time allotted for specific exercises using the organization’s data set. We can design a specific curriculum for your organization’s unique needs.

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 Upcoming Schedule: 

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SEPTEMBER 2021

  • PDS DASH I - Academy Training*

    September 13, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS Workshop: Simplifying the End-User Web Report Experience

    September 14, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn how to design, optimize, and deliver effective reports and visual dashboards. Understand how PDS iMPower Reporter licenses can extend the functionality of your solution with self-service guided analytics. Empower your end-users to gain insight simply and efficiently.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    September 15, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

  • PDS iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    September 16, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interaction for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

  • PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS Patient Risk Acuity

    September 17, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Managing patients based on acuity has both quality of care and financial implications for the practice. The ability to stratify a patient population based on current data provides insight for increasing revenues and managing costs. This workshop showcases PDS best-practice analytics measured with CMS Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs). We will explore their many uses for negotiating managed care contracts, managing access for patients with chronic conditions, and participating in value-based contracts.

  • PDS Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

    September 20, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    There are two main tools for delivering PDS DASH dashboards: PDS Portal and PDS Distributor. Learn how these tools can push or post dashboards for quick access by users. Understand how dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or posted via the web and "announced." Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value to other web distribution portals such as Microsoft SharePoint. The ability to burst reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    September 21, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, and perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering), and how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    September 23, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

  • PDS DASH: Leveraging Power Features - Academy Training*

    September 28, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This training shares power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn powerful, time-saving tips with this Academy Training. Key PDS DASH concepts include delete rows, summary, and common data sources and jobs. Polish your dashboards with techniques on how to bring attention to the key metrics and data fluctuations. A review of best-practices for handling various data source structures is included. Learn how to bring your dashboards to the next level, how to create enhanced visually interactive dashboards, and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

  • PDS Workshop: Best-Practice Revenue Cycle and Denial Metrics

    September 29, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Understand the key metrics available in the PDS Revenue Cycle data model and take a deep dive into the PDS Advanced Denial module. See how PDS Revenue Cycle tools can highlight key financial trends, provide greater insight into reimbursement, and provide denial prevention and recovery strategies. Learn how their effective usage can help pinpoint and resolve critical issues impacting your organization's bottom-line.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


 October 2021

  • PDS Academy Training* - Tableau I & II

    October 7, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn everything you need to know about Tableau visualization by mastering the skills you need to create visual web dashboards that function as powerful analytic tools. Class I will take you through the basics of navigating the visual tool and creating worksheets, the building blocks of web dashboards. You will discover how to build and format multiple visualization types to best display data and report on performance. In Class II, you will learn how to use Tableau's powerful capabilities to combine multiple worksheets and visualizations into a single visual web dashboard as well show you can enhance your dashboard and speed up analysis with filters and interaction.

  • PDS DASH I - Academy Training*

    October 12, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced - Academy Training*

    October 13, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Whether you are a new or existing PDS iMPower professional user, this Academy Training will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. Understand how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts that allow users to easily filter reports on the fly. Custom groups will be reviewed allowing you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are reviewed, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    October 14, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

  • PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS Patient Access Analytics

    October 15, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Analysis and reporting on your main scheduling KPIs are critical to your organization’s success. This session will help customers understand the various reporting capabilities inherent in PDS Scheduling and PDS Patient Access (3rd Next and Scheduling Utilization) datasets. Key capabilities include understanding how to identify gaps in patient access, understanding no-show and cancellation probabilities, location, and visit-type capacity issues, as well as how overbooking and blocked schedules can impact accuracy in Patient Access reporting. An additional focus will include dashboards for Scheduling and Patient Access data.

  • PDS iMPower Prompted Reports - Academy Training*

    October 18, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Empower your users by creating flexible, prompted reports. A prompted report can easily guide any user through a series of questions, allowing them to get the results they desire without submitting a report request. In addition, prompted reports can minimize the number of reports that need to be created and managed. The training will include a review of the different prompt types and how-to steps for applying the prompts to reports, as well as a review of key items to remember when creating prompted reports.

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    October 19, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, and perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering), and how to export data.

  • PDS Workshop: Effective Payer Negotiations with PDS Contract Analyzer

    October 20, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn how this focused PDS module can help evaluate payer compliance against fee schedules, assess whether contract reimbursement is acceptable, and measure the impact of proposed fee schedules. PDS Contract Analyzer brings together reimbursement data with payer fee schedules and proposed fees. This workshop steps you through the PDS Contract Analyzer module to gain a better understanding of the value of this offering.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    October 21, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

  • PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS iMPower Visual Dashboards Capabilities

    October 22, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Web visualization is the focus of most healthcare organizations today. Explore the significant power within the PDS iMPower Visual module. During this session, learn the basic dashboard panel functions and the key steps to creating a visual dashboard with interaction. The discussion will include migrating from current dashboards to web-based visualization tools.

  • PDS iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    October 26, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interaction for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

  • PDS Workshop: Stacking PDS DASH Projects

    October 27, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    If the data sources that create your dashboards need to be manually manipulated before being utilized, attend this workshop to gain an understanding of how PDS DASH projects can be combined to simplify the process. Learn on how to create one PDS DASH project to be utilized as a data source for another PDS DASH project.

  • PDS Workshop: Analyzing Recovered Payments on Denials

    October 28, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    PDS Advanced Denials allows you to accurately understand how effective your organization is in recovering denied charges. Pinpoint with accuracy which payers are denying which procedures and understand if you are ever getting paid or if the revenue is lost—even after recovery efforts. The use of analytics and focused dashboards is critical to communicate effectively across the organization and highlight immediate needs for attention. This session also focuses on strategies organizations can take to implement changes in process and procedures and how to monitor their effectiveness with analytics.

  • PDS Academy Training* - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I

    October 29, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with IBM Cognos Analytics, a powerful web-based analytics solution. PDS will present their best-practice IBM Cognos Analytics training, covering the basics necessary for report authoring. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports and perform basic report manipulation (sorting, drill-to-detail, filtering, and formatting) as well as how to export data to HTML, PDF, or Excel.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


November 2021

  • PDS Academy Training* - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting II

    November 8, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with IBM Cognos Analytics, a powerful web-based analytics solution. PDS will present their best-practice IBM Cognos Analytics training, covering the basics necessary for report authoring. Class II will expand on report manipulation with topics including grouping and sectioning list reports, calculations, intersecting data elements, advanced filtering basics of multiple report pages and visualizations.

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    November 9, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, and perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering), and how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    November 10, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC) | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

  • PDS iMPower Report-on-Report - Academy Training*

    November 12, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Do you need help with those complex user requests like "Find all patients who had CPT 99381 in January and report all additional procedures since then" or "Patients who had a surgery visit and did not have a follow-up within three months"? Then Report-on-Report training is for you! Learn how to create a report as a filter for another report. The class will walk through several scenarios which will allow you to learn the key steps for creating these advanced reports. Perfect for "who had this but did or didn't have that" type of reporting.

  • PDS Workshop: Simplifying the End-User Web Report Experience

    November 15, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn how to design, optimize, and deliver effective reports and visual dashboards. Understand how PDS iMPower Reporter licenses can extend the functionality of your solution with self-service guided analytics. Empower your end-users to gain insight simply and efficiently.

  • PDS DASH I - Academy Training*

    November 16, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    November 18, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

  • Enhancing the PDS iMPower Experience - Academy Training*

    November 19, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Refresh your skills and learn some of the most important PDS iMPower functions to enhance how you interact with and create reports. We will review key functions such as page-by, pivot buttons and merge/lock rows, which can simplify your reports. In addition, the class will cover how to use existing attributes for better reporting by working with filter forms, rolling months and attribute forms, to name just a few.

  • PDS Workshop: PDS DASH - Key Steps to Creating New Dashboards

    November 22, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing analytics or reporting tools, you can quickly create, publish, and automate professional-looking dashboards ready for publication or distribution. Workshop topics include an overview of PDS DASH, how to build a PDS DASH project, the key components of a PDS DASH project, and essential steps for creating a new dashboard.

  • PDS Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

    November 23, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    There are two main tools for delivering PDS DASH dashboards: PDS Portal and PDS Distributor. Learn how these tools can push or post dashboards for quick access by users. Understand how dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or posted via the web and "announced." Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value to other web distribution portals such as Microsoft SharePoint. The ability to burst reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

  • PDS Workshop: PDS DASH Core Concepts

    November 30, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing analytics or BI reporting tools, you can quickly create, publish, and automate professional-looking dashboards ready for publication or distribution. Topics include an overview of PDS DASH, building a PDS DASH project, understanding the types of data sources, and automating various report creation tasks. In addition, learn how the PDS DASH library can provide a jump start to be building new graphical dashboards.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


December 2021

  • PDS Workshop: PDS HCC Revenue Capture

    December 7, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Understanding care gaps for patients with chronic conditions is the key goal of best practice medicine. To maximize revenue requires focused analytics to understand patient populations, conditions, and performance gaps. In this workshop, learn how PDS HCC Revenue Capture provides timely analytics to maximize practice revenue through the use of CMS HCC’s (Hierarchical Condition Categories), utilization, appointment, and wellness visit data.

  • PDS DASH: Leveraging Power Features - Academy Training*

    December 8, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This training shares power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn powerful, time-saving tips with this Academy Training. Key PDS DASH concepts include delete rows, summary, and common data sources and jobs. Polish your dashboards with techniques on how to bring attention to the key metrics and data fluctuations. A review of best practices for handling various data source structures is included. Learn how to bring your dashboards to the next level, how to create enhanced visually interactive dashboards, and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

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  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    December 9, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, and perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering), and how to export data.

  • PDS Workshop: Best-Practice Revenue Cycle and Denial Metrics

    December 10, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Understand the key metrics available in the PDS Revenue Cycle data model and take a deep dive into the PDS Advanced Denial module. See how PDS Revenue Cycle tools can highlight key financial trends, provide greater insight into reimbursement, and provide denial prevention and recovery strategies. Learn how their effective usage can help pinpoint and resolve critical issues impacting your organization's bottom-line.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    December 13, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

  • PDS DASH I - Academy Training*

    December 14, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced - Academy Training*

    December 15, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Whether you are a new or existing PDS iMPower professional user, this Academy Training will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. Understand how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts that allow users to easily filter reports on the fly. Custom groups will be reviewed allowing you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are reviewed, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    December 16, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

  • PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS iMPower Functionality

    December 17, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    PDS iMPower is our web-based analytics solution powered by industry-leading software. Learn the basics and benefits of this user-friendly web analytics tool. Topics include navigation, report writing, cube analysis, and the use of visual web dashboards.

  • PDS iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    December 20, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interaction for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

 *A PDS Product License is Required

TO REGISTER: 

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