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: 

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


April 2021

  • PDS Academy Training* - Tableau I & II

    April 5, 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 Academy Training* - IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I

    April 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. 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

    April 9, 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*

    April 12, 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS iMPower Visual - Academy Training*

    April 13, 2021 | 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 iMPower II - Academy Training*

    April 14, 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 the Capabilities of PDS iMPower

    April 15, 2021 | 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 Workshop: Patient Risk Acuity Overview

    April 16, 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 (HCC). We will explore the many uses HCC has for negotiating managed care contracts, managing access for patients with chronic conditions and participating in value-based contracts. Population Risk Management is one of the newest revenue management tasks for financial and analytics managers, so attend this workshop to learn about new tools and how they can be applied.

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

    April 19, 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”? 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 DASH I - Academy Training*

    April 20, 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: Understanding PDS Patient Access Analytics

    April 21, 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 DASH II - Academy Training*

    April 22, 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: Optimized Web Reports for End Users

    April 23, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

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

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

    April 27, 2021 | 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 Workshop: Delivering Dashboards - Understanding PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

    April 29, 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. 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.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced - Academy Training*

    April 30, 2021 | 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.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


 May 2021

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    May 10, 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) as well as how to export data.

  • PDS Workshop: PDS DASH & Steps to Building a Dashboard

    May 11, 2021 | 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. The workshop topics include: an overview of PDS DASH, how to build a PDS DASH project, the key components of a PDS DASH project as well as the key steps for creating a new dashboard.

  • PDS DASH Power Features - Academy Training*

    May 12, 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 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 II - Academy Training*

    May 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 Workshop: Stacking PDS DASH Projects

    May 14, 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: Denied Charge Revenue—Recovered or Lost?

    May17, 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 DASH I - Academy Training*

    May 18, 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*

    May 19, 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: Best Practice Denials and Revenue Cycle Metrics

    May 20, 2021 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)

    Understand the key metrics available in PDS Revenue Cycle data model and take a deep dive into PDS Advanced Denial module. See how PDS Revenue Cycle tools can highlight key financial trends, provide greater insight into Reimbursement, and provide strategies for denial prevention and recovery. Learn how effective usage can help pinpoint and resolve key issues costing your organization revenue.

  • PDS iMPower Prompted Reports - Academy Training*

    May 27, 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. 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.

 *A PDS Product License is Required


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