PDS offers a wide array of trainings and workshops to suit your healthcare
reporting needs.

Academy Training

PDS Academy Training is offered to supported customers at no additional charge. These classes mirror our best-practice remote and on-site training classes, but are taught with PDS standard data reporting capabilities – not necessarily your specific custom-delivered solution. Presented in a lecture-style format, you can follow along with your PDS data and tools – the only thing Academy classes do not include is the one-on-one feedback you would receive in a custom or customer-specific class. This is a great way to refresh your skills or start training a new user; classes are limited to customers who have the appropriate licensed modules and are first-come, first-served.

PDS Training Classes

PDS offers a wide array of classes to suit your healthcare reporting needs. In addition to our comprehensive program of instruction covering our unique dashboard and reporting tools, we offer MicroStrategy and IBM Cognos software application classes. These highly interactive classes employ either your data or PDS’ healthcare data set, with a focus on common healthcare reporting scenarios. Standard PDS training documentation is included. Custom documentation services are also available. 

Choose Internet Classroom or Onsite Training

Internet classroom training is the most cost-effective option for the majority of our clients, with the instructor and participants interacting online and via voice conferencing. PDS also conducts onsite training and provides customized classes to optimize your learning experience.

Class Schedule

All classes are conducted in three-hour sessions; some classes require more than one session. Multiple class sessions are typically scheduled with a day in between to allow participants to practice their new skills and return to class with questions.

PDS Training – Your Way

Is “standard” not your style? We can set up custom training for one or for a crowd. And we will tailor that training to the roles and tasks you specify. Want to learn it fast or take it slow? You set the pace of your instruction, and PDS will follow.

Course Registration

PDS is ready to work with you to design the training you need. Please CONTACT PDS for more information about any of our training services. See you in class!

 

Upcoming Workshop & Academy Training Schedule: 

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Schedule for October 2018

  • Leveraging PDS Dashboard Templates for Success – Workshop

    October 23, 2018

    Are you familiar with the wealth of design templates available to you to design new dashboards? Did you know that you can request a design template and jump-start your projects by building on proven designs that can be easily modified? Come to this workshop and understand the variety of designs available to help create new dashboards more easily. Client must be licensed for PDS DASH or PDS Producer to attend this workshop.

  • Delivering Dashboards: Understanding PDS Portal and Distributor – Workshop

    October 24, 2018

    There are two main tools for delivering PDS DASH dashboards: PDS Portal and PDS Distributor. Learn the two proven tools to push or post dashboards for quick access by users—understand how reports can be emailed, moved to folders or web “announced.” Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value for other web distribution tools like Microsoft SharePoint. Bursting reports from IBM Cognos Analytics or PDS iMPower for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

  • PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

    October 25, 2018

    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 manipulation (sorting, drill to detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower Reporter - Understanding the Value – Workshop

    October 26, 2018

    PDS iMPower has three types of licensing: Professional, Analyst and Reporter. PDS iMPower customers actively use Professional and Analyst licenses, but many are not familiar with how Reporter licenses can be added to provide significant functionality to end users to leverage PDS iMPower. Learn how Reporter licenses can easily expand the breadth of your solution with minimal investment. One FREE Reporter license is provided to each customer after having someone attend this workshop in 2018. (Contact PDS for program details and restrictions.)

  • PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

    October 30, 2018

    Class II will expand on report manipulation with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations and report formatting.

 *License Required

Schedule for November 2018

  • Understanding PDS iMPower Report Distribution – Workshop

    November 8, 2018

    This workshop highlights opportunities to facilitate report distribution from PDS iMPower and enhance the end user’s experience interacting with PDS iMPower reports. Learn about bursting and scheduling reports to be sent via email and to a file. Leverage the functionality within PDS iMPower by minimizing the number of reports you are maintaining while still providing flexibility for end users through prompted reports. Learn how publishing reports from PDS iMPower will work with your existing PDS Portal structure.

  • PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

    November 12, 2018

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of the 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 create sample DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

    November 13, 2018

    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 DASH II – Academy Training*

    November 15, 2018

    In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources and delete rows in more detail. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with DASH.

  • PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

    November 27, 2018

    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 manipulation (sorting, drill to detail, working with pivot buttons, page by and filtering) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

    November 29, 2018

    Class II will expand on report manipulation with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations and report formatting.

 *License Required

Schedule for December 2018

  • Understanding PDS Applications – Workshop

    December 6, 2018

    This workshop is for anyone new to using PDS products or anyone who is unfamiliar with the suite of PDS solutions. Casual users of PDS tools are encouraged to attend this workshop as well. The goal of this class is to educate new users to understand the various tools and functions, the value PDS tools can bring to reporting, PDS terminology and analytics strategy.

  • PDS iMPower Reporter - Understanding the Value – Workshop

    December 10, 2018

    PDS iMPower has three types of licensing: Professional, Analyst and Reporter. PDS iMPower customers actively use Professional and Analyst licenses, but many are not familiar with how Reporter licenses can be added to provide significant functionality to end users to leverage PDS iMPower. Learn how Reporter licenses can easily expand the breadth of your solution with minimal investment. One FREE Reporter license is provided to each customer after having someone attend this workshop in 2018. (Contact PDS for program details and restrictions.)

  • Taking IBM Cognos Analytics to the Next Level – Workshop

    December 11, 2018

    This workshop introduces techniques that go beyond basic reporting. Enhanced reporting can make the environment more powerful for the end user and more manageable for the developer. The workshop also showcases IBM Cognos Analytics Visualization capabilities.

  • PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

    December 13, 2018

    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 web visual.

  • PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

    December 14, 2018

    This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of the 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 create sample DASH projects and generate dashboards during Class I.

  • PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

    December 17, 2018

    In Class II we will discuss the use of summary data sources and delete rows in more detail. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with DASH.

  • PDS Patient Access – Academy Training*

    December 18, 2018

    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.

 *License Required

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