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

August 2022

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

August 10, 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 Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

August 11, 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.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

August 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 Workshop: Applying Benchmarks to Your Dashboards

August 15, 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 iMPower I – Academy Training*

August 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. 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 DASH ~ Leveraging Power Features – Academy Training*

August 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 II – Academy Training*

August 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: Blending Revenue and Expense Data for Performance Improvement

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

Come to this workshop to see and discuss key design principles to help you build powerful dashboards to monitor performance against budget that include detail and summarized data. Dashboards are more powerful when revenue, expense and budget data is blended with volume and productivity metrics. Visualization techniques that leverage PDS DASH or visualization software will help you design and blend metrics to present financial and statistical analyses effectively.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

August 22, 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*

August 23, 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 iMPower Report-on-Report – Academy Training*

August 30, 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.

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

August 31, 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.

September 2022

PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS iMPower Visual Dashboards Capabilities

September 9, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Web visualization is the focus of most healthcare organizations’ reporting requirements 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 interactive features. The discussion will include migrating from current dashboards to web-based visualization tools.

PDS Workshop: An Introduction to PDS for New Users

September 12, 2022 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This workshop is for new users, casual users, and managers or executives unfamiliar with the suite of PDS solutions currently in place at their organization. The workshop will cover features and functions of the PDS suite of tools and show the value that these solutions bring to reporting, visualization, and distribution of reports and ad hoc information. The session will also bring attendees up to speed on PDS terminology and overall strategy.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

September 13, 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 Workshop: PDS HCC Revenue Capture

September 14, 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 DASH II – Academy Training*

September 15, 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*

September 19, 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*

September 20, 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*

September 22, 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*

September 23, 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.

Stacking PDS DASH Projects – Academy Training*

September 27, 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 Workshop: Effective Payer Negotiations with PDS Contract Analyzer

September 28, 2022 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 DASH ~ Key Steps to Creating New Dashboards – Academy Training*

September 29, 2022 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 Workshop: Visualizing Patient Satisfaction Metrics with PDS Analytics

September 30, 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.


*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.