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.

View Upcoming Schedule

To sign up for classes, please email:
learning@pds-online.com

May 2022

PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS Patient Access Analytics

May 17, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Analysis and reporting on your primary scheduling KPIs is 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, and 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 iMPower II – Academy Training*

May 18, 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 Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

May 23, 2022 1:00 pm 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. Understand how dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or posted via the web and “announced.” Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value to other web distribution portals such as Microsoft SharePoint. The ability to burst reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

Optimized Web Reports for End Users – Academy Training*

May 24, 2022 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.

PDS Workshop: Navigating the NEW PDS Dashboard Library – Part 1

May 25, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

The newly updated PDS DASH Dashboard Library is significantly enhanced to empower users to work faster, smarter, and more efficiently. PDS DASH clients can quickly implement a new or redesigned dashboard using our recently added “Mapped Templates” which provide data source guidance and formulaic mapping to datasheets. In addition, we’ve added and freshened our “Design Templates” to help clients envision new metrics and visualization strategies for implementing brand new dashboards or enhancing existing reports. Whether you’re a seasoned PDS DASH user or just starting out, you’ll want to attend this workshop to see what’s new and how you can quickly leverage this resource to support your organization’s success.

PDS iMPower Report-on-Report – Academy Training*

May 26, 2022 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.

June 2022

PDS Workshop: Visualizing Patient Satisfaction Metrics with PDS Analytics

June 8, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Patient Satisfaction is not only a key focus of physician practices today, but more and more, these scores are now utilized in MIPS and Quality-based incentive plans by payers. In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate several options using PDS tools to effectively stage and visualize patient satisfaction scores for analysis and distribution to physicians and management. In addition, we’ll show examples of compelling Patient Satisfaction visualizations as well as how to incorporate additional KPIs to give an overall view of the performance of individual providers, clinics, and departments.

PDS Workshop: PDS HCC Revenue Capture

June 9, 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 Workshop: Navigating the NEW PDS Dashboard Library – Part 1

June 10, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

The newly updated PDS DASH Dashboard Library is significantly enhanced to empower users to work faster, smarter, and more efficiently. PDS DASH clients can quickly implement a new or redesigned dashboard using our recently added “Mapped Templates” which provide data source guidance and formulaic mapping to datasheets. In addition, we’ve added and freshened our “Design Templates” to help clients envision new metrics and visualization strategies for implementing brand new dashboards or enhancing existing reports. Whether you’re a seasoned PDS DASH user or just starting out, you’ll want to attend this workshop to see what’s new and how you can quickly leverage this resource to support your organization’s success.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

June 14, 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.

Stacking PDS DASH Projects – Academy Training*

June 15, 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.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

June 16, 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 DASH ~ Leveraging Power Features – Academy Training*

June 17, 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 I – Academy Training*

June 21, 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 iMPower II – Academy Training*

June 23, 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 iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

June 24, 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 Advanced – Academy Training*

June 28, 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

June 29, 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.

PDS Workshop: Navigating the NEW PDS Dashboard Library – Part 2

June 30, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join us to learn more about leveraging the new PDS DASH Dashboard Library to help you quickly implement focused dashboards and visualized reporting. This follow-up workshop will discuss the various template design styles, visualization techniques, and content areas within the library, including Quick Answers, Performance Opportunity, and Infographic designs. The updated PDS DASH Dashboard Library includes ideas, metrics, content, and examples for almost any aspect of your healthcare organization. Whether you’re a seasoned PDS DASH user or are just starting out, you’ll want to attend this second workshop to understand how to efficiently leverage these library dashboards to support your organization’s success.


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