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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September 2020

  • 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


October 2020

  • Using PDS DASH to Model Medicare 2021 Proposed Changes - Workshop

    October 6, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    CMS has released their 2021 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule and it contains some significant changes for physician practices nation-wide. These changes will impact how practices are reimbursed by Medicare differently by specialty and provider. Join PDS to learn how to utilize PDS DASH to model what these changes could mean in your practice and ways to communicate these expectations to management and providers.

  • PDS Academy Training* - Tableau I

    October 7, 2020 | 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.

  • Understanding the Capabilities of PDS iMPower - Workshop

    October 8, 2020 | 1pm 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 Academy Training* - Tableau II

    October 9, 2020 | 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. 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.

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    October 13, 2020 | 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) as well as how to export data.

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

    October 14, 2020 | 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”? 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 iMPower II - Academy Training*

    October 15, 2020 | 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 Academy Training* - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I

    October 16, 2020 | 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.

  • PDS Academy Training* - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting II

    October 19, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Get started with IBM Cognos Analytics: a powerful web-based analytics solution. 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 DASH I - Academy Training*

    October 20, 2020 | 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.

  • Medicare 2021 Proposed Changes ~ Analyzing and Modeling - Workshop

    October 21, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn how to apply PDS Utilization and PDS Reimbursement cubes to analyze and model the 2021 Fee Schedule changes with your PDS iMPower tool. See targeted analytics and visualization examples to start planning for the proposed changes now to manage the potential impact on your organization strategically. Customers using PDS Foundation or PDS Cognos Analytics will also see how their analytics tools can model these potential Medicare adjustments to gain practical, useful insights.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    October 22, 2020 | 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.

  • Understanding PDS DASH Concepts - Workshop

    October 23, 2020 | 1pm 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.

  • Using PDS Contract Analyzer to Model Medicare 2021 Proposed Changes - Workshop

    October 27, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Learn how PDS Contract Analyzer can model Medicare’s proposed changes by bringing together Reimbursement Data, Contract Fee Schedules, and the anticipated 2021 Fee Schedule. See how this specialized PDS module can help your organization evaluate payor compliance against fee schedules, assess future contract reimbursements, and measure the impact of the proposed fee schedule changes on your bottom line.

  • PDS iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    October 28, 2020 | 1pm 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.

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

    October 29, 2020 | 1pm 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.

  • Understanding PDS Patient Access Analytics - Workshop

    October 30, 2020 | 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.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


november 2020

  • PDS iMPower Prompted Reports - Academy Training*

    November 6, 2020 | 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. 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.

  • Denied Charge Revenue ~ Recovered or Lost? - Workshop

    November 9, 2020 | 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 DASH I - Academy Training*

    November 10, 2020 | 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 12, 2020 | 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 DASH Power Features - Academy Training*

    November 13, 2020 | 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 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.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced - Academy Training*

    November 16, 2020 | 1pm 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*

    November 17, 2020 | 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    November 19, 2020 | 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.

  • Understanding the Power of PDS iMPower Visual Dashboards - Workshop

    November 20, 2020 | 1pm 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.

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

    November 23, 2020 | 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. 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


December 2020

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    December 8, 2020 | 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    December 10, 2020 | 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.

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

    December 11, 2020 | 1pm 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 iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    December 14, 2020 | 1pm 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 I - Academy Training*

    December 15, 2020 | 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*

    December 17, 2020 | 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.

 *A PDS Product License is Required

 

To register for a training or workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating the session(s) you wish to attend. 

Call PDS 203.262.9224