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:
learning@pds-online.com

December 2022

PDS Workshop: Integrating Facility and Professional Revenue Cycle Data

December 7, 2022 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, dashboards, and distribution. The workshop includes a discussion about the various cubes and capabilities available from PDS.  Learn more about extending PDS usage to maximize reporting for your health system.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

December 9, 2022 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 DASH II – Academy Training*

December 12, 2022 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.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

December 13, 2022 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 iMPower I – Academy Training*

December 14, 2022 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: PDS HCC Revenue Capture

December 15, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Understanding care gaps for patients with chronic conditions is a key goal of best practice medicine. To maximize revenue around HCCs (Hierarchical Condition Categories) requires focused analytics to understand patient populations, conditions, and performance gaps. In this workshop, learn how PDS HCC Revenue Capture provides timely analytics to maximize practice revenue through the use of CMS HCC utilization, appointment, and wellness visit data.

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

December 16, 2022 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 DASH ~ Leveraging Power Features – Academy Training*

December 19, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training showcases power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn powerful, 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. We will review best practices for handling various data source structures. Learn how to bring your dashboards to the next level, how to create enhanced visually interactive dashboards, and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

PDS iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

December 20, 2022 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: Applying Benchmarks to Your Dashboards

December 21, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Benchmarking can be an effective strategy for providing context to a practice’s data and drive performance within the organization. This workshop will discuss the different types of available benchmarks and the appropriate times to use them. Additionally, we’ll look at techniques for adding benchmarks to dashboards for quick visualization of performance trends and methods for driving overall improvement.

Stacking PDS DASH Projects – Academy Training*

December 22, 2022 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. 

January 2023

PDS Academy Training* – Tableau I & II

January 6, 2023 1:00 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. 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 as how you can enhance your dashboard and speed up analysis with filters and interaction.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

January 10, 2023 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: Applying Benchmarks to Your Dashboards

January 11, 2023 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Benchmarking can be an effective strategy for providing context to a practice’s data and drive performance within the organization. This workshop will discuss the different types of available benchmarks and the appropriate times to use them. Additionally, we’ll look at techniques for adding benchmarks to dashboards for quick visualization of performance trends and methods for driving overall improvement.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

January 12, 2023 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.

PDS Advanced Denials – Academy Training*

January 13, 2023 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Denials, when left unchecked, 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 focus areas. Learn how to utilize the two PDS Denial data sets to identify critical problem areas for a clear understanding of why charges are being denied and by which payers, the reasons for the denials, and payer appeal resolutions.

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

January 17, 2023 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: Effective Payer Negotiations with PDS Contract Analyzer

January 18, 2023 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Learn how this focused PDS module can help evaluate payer compliance against fee schedules, assess whether contract reimbursement is acceptable, 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 iMPower II – Academy Training*

January 19, 2023 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 DASH ~ Key Steps to Creating New Dashboards – Academy Training*

January 20, 2023 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. Workshop 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 Prompted Reports – Academy Training*

January 23, 2023 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 Patient Access – Academy Training*

January 24, 2023 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Analysis and reporting on your key Patient Access KPIs are critical to your organization’s success. This class walks you through the core reporting capabilities inherent in PDS Scheduling Appointment, Scheduling Utilization, and 3rd Next datasets. Learn how to work with the various cubes and data marts to identify gaps in patient access. Explore key metrics including no-shows, same-day cancellation rates, capacity, 3rd Next Available, and scheduling lags. An additional focus will include PDS best-practice dashboard library for presenting scheduling and patient access data.

Enhancing the PDS iMPower Experience – Academy Training*

January 26, 2023 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: PDS DASH Core Concepts

January 31, 2023 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing analytics or BI 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, understanding the types of data sources, and automating various report creation tasks. In addition, learn how the PDS DASH library can provide a jump start to building new graphical dashboards.


*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.