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.
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 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.
Delivering Dashboards ~ Understanding PDS Portal and PDS Distributor - WorkshopNovember 23, 2020 | 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.
Retiring PDS Producer ~ The Speed and Simplicity of PDS DASH - WorkshopNovember 24, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)
With IBM Cognos PowerPlay being retired, PDS Producer is being retired as well. Luckily, with PDS DASH you will not lose any functionality while gaining significant flexibility and speed. Understand why clients have already unlocked the power of PDS DASH. PDS DASH takes blending ANY data to the next level with lightning speed. Understand migration paths, training options, and the ease of moving forward with PDS DASH.
*A PDS Product License is Required
Migrating from IBM Cognos 7 - WorkshopDecember 7, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)
IBM Cognos 7 is no longer fully supported by IBM. This workshop will help you learn about various migration options for PDS customers running IBM Cognos 7 legacy client software. Understand best practices and what new web tools organizations are using to drive their reporting solutions today. This workshop is a must attend for any customer still using Cognos PowerPlay or Impromptu, or PDS Producer.
PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*December 8, 2020 | 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.
Patient Risk Acuity Overview - WorkshopDecember 9, 2020 | 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 have 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 II - Academy Training*December 10, 2020 | 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.
Functions to Enhance the PDS iMPower Experience - Academy Training*December 11, 2020 | 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 iMPower Visual - Academy Training*December 14, 2020 | 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 DASH I - Academy Training*December 15, 2020 | 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.
Automating Data Sources for PDS DASH - WorkshopDecember 16, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)
If the data sources that create your dashboards need to be pulled manually or manipulated extensively in Excel before you can create dashboards, learn how they can be fully automated! PDS iMPower or PDS Foundation are two options that provide the staging and automation you need to create dynamic data sources for your dashboards. Understand the benefits of data modeling and start automating your dashboards today.
PDS DASH II - Academy Training*December 17, 2020 | 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 Contract Analyzer - WorkshopDecember 18, 2020 | 1pm Eastern (NYC)
If you use PDS Reimbursement functionality and need to analyze current and proposed contracts for profitability, compliance and negotiating with payers, then this workshop is for you. PDS Contract Analyzer is a newly enhanced product that brings significant power to your reimbursement analytics. Current and proposed fee schedules can be analyzed against actual payer payments and adjustments. Identify potential underpayment issues, or below-market price comparisons. Come to this workshop to learn how to unlock more functionality and improve practice reimbursement.
*A PDS Product License is Required