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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June 2020

  • Understanding the Power of PDS iMPower Visual Dashboards - Workshop

    June 23, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Web visualization is the focus of almost every healthcare organization 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 your current dashboards to web-based visualization tools and how PDS DASH can speed you to results.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


July 2020

  • PDS DASH Power Features -
    Academy Training*

    July 8, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    This training shares power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn significant 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; topics include how to create enhanced visual interactive dashboards and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

  • Understanding the Capabilities of PDS iMPower - Workshop

    July 10, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    PDS iMPower is our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite. Learn the basics and benefits of this user-friendly web interface tool. Topics include the use of web dashboards, analysis with cubes, visualization tools, and an overview of report writing.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced -
    Academy Training*

    July 13, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Whether you are a new or existing iMPower super (professional) user, the iMPower Advanced Academy Training course will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. During the class learn how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts which allow users to easily filter reports on the fly. Custom groups will be reviewed to allow you to group attributes in various ways to bring your report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options will be reviewed, including advanced thresholds, providing the flexibility to personalize your reports based on an attribute or metric qualification. Learn to schedule reports through subscription services, automating the delivery of reports you regularly generate.

  • PDS iMPower I -
    Academy Training*

    July 14, 2020 | 1 PM 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II -
    Academy Training*

    July 16, 2020 | 1 PM 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*

    July 17, 2020 | 1 PM 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*

    July 20, 2020 | 1 PM 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 Academy Training - Tableau I*

    July 21, 2020 | 1 PM 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.

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

    July 22, 2020 | 1 PM 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”? Report-on-Report training is for you! During the class, 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 Academy Training - Tableau II*

    July 23, 2020 | 1 PM 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. In Class II, you’ll 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.

  • Functions to Enhance the PDS iMPower Experience -
    Academy Training*

    July 28, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Ensure you are on your game! Refresh your skills or learn some of the most important PDS iMPower functions to enhance how you interact with and create reports. During the training, we will review how these functions, such as page-by, pivot buttons and merge/lock rows, 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.

  • PDS Advanced Denials -
    Academy Training*

    July 30, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Management of denials is not always exciting to discuss, but when left unchecked, denials can lead some organizations to lose up to 20% of their reimbursement. Additionally, the staff and resources required to rework, and appeal denied claims can create significant costs and inefficiencies. The use of analytics and focused dashboards is critical to communicate effectively across the organization and highlight immediate needs for focus. In this training, you will learn how analytics and dashboards can identify critical problem areas; detail which charges are being denied, which payers are the primary deniers of your claims and what the reasons are for the denials; and identify abnormally high volumes of denials which demand immediate attention. In addition, we will discuss how analyzing patterns of denial resolutions can be used to provide organizations with the information they need to more effectively appeal claims and prevent charges from being denied upfront. We discuss steps and strategies organizations can take to implement changes in process and procedures. Learn ways organizations deal with physicians, payers, and patients to help make claim submission as clean as possible and ensure your practice is getting paid appropriately.

  • Delivering Dashboards: Understanding PDS Portal and PDS Distributor - Workshop

    July 31, 2020 | 1 PM 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. You will understand how dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or posted via web and “announced”. Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value for other web distribution portals like Microsoft SharePoint. Bursting reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


August 2020

  • Understanding PDS DASH Concepts - Workshop

    August 6, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing business intelligence or 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, different type of data sources, run modes and dashboard tips.

  • PDS DASH I -
    Academy Training*

    August 10, 2020 | 1 PM 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 Patient Access -
    Academy Training*

    August 11, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Analysis and reporting on your key scheduling KPIs are critical to your organization’s success. This class will walk you through the core reporting capabilities inherent in PDS Scheduling and PDS Patient Access (Scheduling Utilization and 3rd Next) datasets. You will learn how to work with the various cubes and data marts to identify gaps in patient access, no-show and same-day cancellation rates and probabilities, capacity issues by location and visit type, variances between 3rd Next Available appointment days (what COULD happen) and scheduling lags (what DID happen). We will also analyze the impact of overbooking, frozen, held, and blocked time periods. An additional focus will include PDS best practice dashboards for scheduling and patient access data.

  • PDS DASH II -
    Academy Training*

    August 12, 2020 | 1 PM 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 Prompted Reports -
    Academy Training*

    August 13, 2020 | 1 PM 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. Also, 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 Visual -
    Academy Training*

    August 17, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create visual web dashboards. During the class, you will learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating a visual web dashboard, as well as functions to enhance the dashboard with filters and interaction for quick analysis. In addition to these skills, you will learn to leverage PDS iMPower Visual by combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard.

  • PDS iMPower I -
    Academy Training*

    August 20, 2020 | 1 PM 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II -
    Academy Training*

    August 21, 2020 | 1 PM 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 Academy Training - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I*

    August 25, 2020 | 1 PM 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.

  • PDS Academy Training - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting II*

    August 27, 2020 | 1 PM 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.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


September 2020

  • PDS iMPower Visual -
    Academy Training*

    September 9, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create visual web dashboards. During the class, you will learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating a visual web dashboard, as well as functions to enhance the dashboard with filters and interaction for quick analysis. In addition to these skills, you will learn to leverage PDS iMPower Visual by combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard.

  • PDS DASH Power Features -
    Academy Training*

    September 10, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    This training shares power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn significant 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; topics include how to create enhanced visual interactive dashboards and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

  • Understanding the Power of PDS iMPower Visual Dashboards - Workshop

    September 15, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Web visualization is the focus of almost every healthcare organization 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 your current dashboards to web-based visualization tools and how PDS DASH can speed you to results.

  • PDS DASH I -
    Academy Training*

    September 16, 2020 | 1 PM 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*

    September 18, 2020 | 1 PM 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 I -
    Academy Training*

    September 21, 2020 | 1 PM 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II -
    Academy Training*

    September 22, 2020 | 1 PM 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 Advanced -
    Academy Training*

    September 25, 2020 | 1 PM Eastern (NYC)

    Whether you are a new or existing iMPower super (professional) user, the iMPower Advanced Academy Training course will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. During the class learn how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts which allow users to easily filter reports on the fly. Custom groups will be reviewed to allow you to group attributes in various ways to bring your report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options will be reviewed, including advanced thresholds, providing the flexibility to personalize your reports based on an attribute or metric qualification. Learn to schedule reports through subscription services, automating the delivery of reports you regularly generate.

 *A PDS Product License is Required

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