ACADEMY TRAINING

Academy Training offers clients in-depth classes presented in a lecture-style format. These online classes instruct end-users on PDS products including PDS iMPower and PDS DASH, and PDS best practices for Patient Access, Denials Management, Benchmarking, and more. 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. 

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.

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.

To sign up for classes, or for more information about any of our training programs,
please contact PDS at learning@pds-online.com.

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To sign up for classes, please email:
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February 2024

PDS iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

February 20, 2024 1:00 pm 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 filter reports on the fly easily. Custom groups will be reviewed, which allows you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are also covered, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

PDS Workshop: Impactful Visualizations with PDS iMPower

February 21, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Many customers are unaware of the powerful visualization module embedded within the current PDS iMPower software. Come and learn about the robust visualization capabilities of PDS iMPower that can transform your current dashboards into dynamic, interactive analytics. Understand how to get started with this comprehensive visualization tool that is part of the PDS iMPower solution.

PDS iMPower Report-on-Report – Academy Training*

February 22, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Do you need help with those complex user requests like “Find all patients who had CPT 99381 in January and report on 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 for you to learn the key steps to creating these advanced reports. Perfect for “who had this but did or didn’t have that” type of reporting.

PDS Workshop: Analyzing Margins with Expense Data

February 23, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Explore essential design principles for creating impactful dashboards designed to help you monitor performance in relation to your budget. In this workshop, learn how to integrate revenue, expense, and budget data with volume and productivity metrics. We will discuss the allocation of expenses down to the provider- and procedure- level for calculating contribution margin. Understand how automated financial statements, as well as blended visualizations, can provide enhanced insights for executives seeking to maximize profitability.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

February 26, 2024 1:00 pm 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 picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features 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: An Introduction to PDS for New Users

February 27, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Embark on a journey of discovery with this engaging workshop, perfect for new users, managers, and executives looking to discover the power of the PDS suite of tools. Uncover the robust features and functions that enhance reporting, visualization, and information distribution. Whether you’re a casual user or new to PDS, this session will fast-track your understanding, by introducing essential terminology and strategic insights. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to unlock the full potential of PDS solutions and transform your analytics strategy.

Optimized PDS iMPower Web Reports for End Users – Academy Training*

February 28, 2024 1:00 pm 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 insights simply and efficiently.

Unlocking the Power of PDS Cubes Part 4: The Accounts Receivable Cubes – Academy Training*

February 29, 2024 11:00 am Eastern (NYC)

Part 4 in this training series explores the PDS Accounts Receivable Cubes. Explore navigating through these cubes, while learning how to easily analyze A/R Balances, A/R Aging, credit balances and other best practice KPIs. Enrich your education by learning how these cubes blend with other components in the PDS solution, to provide a comprehensive view and enrich your analytical prowess. Ready to explore the full potential of these powerful tools? Join us today!

PDS Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

February 29, 2024 2:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Learn about the primary tools for delivering PDS DASH dashboards—PDS Portal and PDS Distributor—in this informative session. You will learn how dashboards can be pushed or pulled for quick access by users. Explore how your dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or posted via the web and “announced.” Furthermore, you will discover how PDS Distributor can enhance the value of other web distribution portals like Microsoft SharePoint. The ability to burst reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed. Join this session to gain valuable insights on how to effectively deliver dashboards using these powerful tools.

March 2024

PDS Academy Training* – IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I & II

March 7, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with IBM Cognos Analytics, a powerful web-based analytics solution. PDS will present its 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. 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 Workshop: Fundamentals of PDS DASH

March 8, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Are you new to PDS DASH? By leveraging metrics from your existing business intelligence or reporting tools, you can create and automate professional-looking dashboards ready for publication and distribution. Topics include an overview of PDS DASH, key steps to building a PDS DASH project, and a tour of the PDS dashboard library, which is full of sample dashboard designs. This workshop is for new users who need to understand the variety of ways PDS DASH delivers results.

PDS Workshop: Integrating PDS Hospital Analytics

March 11, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This workshop provides an overview of the PDS Hospital Revenue Cycle analytics solution. Learn how facility data can be integrated with professional billing data for analysis and reporting. We will discuss the similarities and differences between professional and facility revenue cycle data available from PDS. Learn more about extending PDS usage to maximize reporting for your whole health system.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

March 12, 2024 1:00 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.

PDS Workshop: Blending Data for a Complete Analytical Picture

March 13, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

In this workshop, we will simplify the complex world of data analysis, focusing on how to use multiple types of data together to get clearer insights. We will explore how finding connections and similarities in your data can lead to better, more informed decisions. You will learn how to choose the best KPIs, combine different sets of data, and use the PDS Dashboard Library to create dashboards that are not only eye-catching but impactful. We will show you how blending different types of data provides a more complete picture to improve organizational performance.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

March 14, 2024 1:00 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.

Unlocking the Power of PDS Cubes Part 5: The Denials Cube – Academy Training*

March 15, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Part 5 in this training series explores the PDS Denials Cube. Discover the art of navigating through this cube with ease, as we teach you to efficiently analyze denials counts, denied charges, payments and adjustments after denial, denial lags, and other critical performance metrics impacting collections. To enrich your educational journey, we will explain how these cubes commingle with other components in the PDS solution, allowing you to gain a holistic understanding and elevate your analytical skills. Join us to unleash the full power of these tools.

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

March 18, 2024 1:00 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, perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page-by, and filtering), and how to export data.

Stacking PDS DASH Projects – Academy Training*

March 19, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

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

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

March 20, 2024 1:00 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 Workshop: Migrating Systems – Key Considerations

March 21, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

There’s never a more critical time to rely on your analytics and reporting than when migrating your EHR or Billing System. In this workshop, we will discuss key considerations for your analytics migration strategy from combined system reporting to critical KPIs when changing systems. This workshop will help you identify challenges, key steps, strategies, and PDS tools that can make planning and migration manageable.

PDS Workshop: Mastering Performance Dashboards

March 22, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This workshop will teach you how to quickly build insightful Performance Opportunity Dashboards to pinpoint inefficiencies and effectively communicate performance gaps. You’ll gain proven methods for building dashboards that highlight the transformative potential of raising below-average performers to median or industry standards. Learn how to quantify performance gaps and calculate the ROI improvement potential. Additionally, you’ll learn how to leverage the PDS Dashboard Library to quickly create compelling performance visualizations that tell a complete story.

PDS Workshop: Benchmarking Excellence: Strategies for Success

March 25, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join us to master the art of acquiring and incorporating benchmarks into your existing reports and dashboards. We will navigate the nuances of both internal and external benchmarks which facilitate the prompt recognition of performance gaps and trends. This workshop will guide you through the integration of benchmarks and underscore their significance in pinpointing performance opportunities and measuring ROI.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

March 26, 2024 1:00 pm 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 picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

Unlocking the Power of PDS Cubes Part 6: The Scheduling Cubes – Academy Training*

March 28, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Part 6 in this training series explores the PDS Scheduling Cubes. Become proficient in navigating through these cubes, as we teach you to efficiently identify gaps in patient access, understanding no-show and cancellation probabilities, location and visit-type capacity issues, and how overbooking and blocked schedules can impact accuracy in Patient Access reporting. See how these cubes complement other elements in the PDS solution, offering you a well-rounded perspective and boosting your analytical capabilities. Ready to explore the full potential of these powerful tools? Join us today!

PDS Workshop: Leveraging HCCs to Improve Care

March 29, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Understanding care gaps for patients with chronic conditions is a key goal of best-practice medicine. To maximize quality by leveraging Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs), focused analytics is critical to understand patient populations, conditions, and performance gaps. In this workshop, you will learn how the PDS HCC Revenue Capture suite provides timely analytics to enhance patient care, while maximizing revenue using CMS HCC utilization, appointment, and wellness visit data.

April 2024

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

April 8, 2024 1:00 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.

PDS Workshop: Effective Payer Negotiations with PDS Contract Analyzer

April 9, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Learn how this focused PDS module can help evaluate payer compliance to negotiated fee schedules, assess whether contract reimbursement is market appropriate, 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 better understand the ROI benefits of this tool.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

April 10, 2024 1:00 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.

Understanding the PDS Transaction Cubes – Academy Training*

April 11, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Transaction and PDS Daily Transaction Cubes. Discover the art of navigating through these cubes with ease as we teach you to adeptly analyze charges, payments, and adjustments from a variety of perspectives. To enhance your learning experience, we will also illuminate how these cubes complement other cubes in the PDS solution, providing you with a holistic view and enriching your analysis capabilities. Join us to unlock the full potential of these powerful tools.

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

April 17, 2024 1:00 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, perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page-by, and filtering), and how to export data.

PDS Workshop: Efficient Physician Compensation Reporting

April 18, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

PDS tools excel in efficiently computing and presenting physician compensation reports. In this workshop, we will illustrate the utilization of PDS DASH or PDS iMPower to organize diverse metrics, ensuring precise calculations for physician compensation and bonuses. Participants will gain insights into crafting impactful visualizations that convey compensation to physicians. Discover how to optimize your existing PDS tools to simplify the intricacies of compensation.

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

April 19, 2024 1:00 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.

Enhancing the PDS iMPower Experience – Academy Training*

April 22, 2024 1:00 pm 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: Understanding PDS iMPower Visual Dashboard Capabilities

April 23, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Today, the primary emphasis for healthcare organizations’ reporting needs lies in web visualization. Explore the robust capabilities offered by the PDS iMPower Visual module. In this session, you’ll discover the fundamental functions of dashboard panels and the essential steps for crafting a visual dashboard enriched with interactive features. This workshop will discuss best practices to transition from static dashboards to interactive web-based visualizations.

PDS iMPower Prompted Reports – Academy Training*

April 24, 2024 1:00 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. 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 DASH: Key Steps to Creating New Dashboards – Academy Training*

April 25, 2024 1:00 pm 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. 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 iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

April 26, 2024 1:00 pm 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 filter reports on the fly easily. Custom groups will be reviewed, which allows you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are also covered, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

April 29, 2024 1:00 pm 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 picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

Understanding the PDS Utilization Cube – Academy Training*

April 30, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Utilization Cube. Learn how to navigate through this cube as we teach you to analyze procedures, diagnoses, RVUs, E&M visits, and other key demographic information from various perspectives. Further your education by learning how these cubes work with other components in the PDS solution, giving you a holistic view and enhancing your analytical skillset. Discover the full potential of these powerful tools by joining us.


*A PDS product license is required to attend Academy Training. 

To sign up for classes, or for more information about any of our training programs,
please contact PDS at learning@pds-online.com.