PDS offers a wide array of trainings and workshops to suit your healthcare
reporting needs.

Academy Training

PDS Academy Training is offered to supported customers at no additional charge. These classes mirror our best-practice remote and on-site training classes, but are taught with PDS standard data reporting capabilities – not necessarily your specific custom-delivered solution. Presented in a lecture-style format, you can follow along with your PDS data and tools – the only thing Academy classes do not include is the one-on-one feedback you would receive in a custom or customer-specific class. This is a great way to refresh your skills or start training a new user; classes are limited to customers who have the appropriate licensed modules and are first-come, first-served.

PDS Training Classes

PDS offers a wide array of classes to suit your healthcare reporting needs. In addition to our comprehensive program of instruction covering our unique dashboard and reporting tools, we offer MicroStrategy and IBM Cognos software application classes. These highly interactive classes employ either your data or PDS’ healthcare data set, with a focus on common healthcare reporting scenarios. Standard PDS training documentation is included. Custom documentation services are also available. 

Choose Internet Classroom or Onsite Training

Internet classroom training is the most cost-effective option for the majority of our clients, with the instructor and participants interacting online and via voice conferencing. PDS also conducts onsite training and provides customized classes to optimize your learning experience.

Class Schedule

All classes are conducted in three-hour sessions; some classes require more than one session. Multiple class sessions are typically scheduled with a day in between to allow participants to practice their new skills and return to class with questions.

PDS Training – Your Way

Is “standard” not your style? We can set up custom training for one or for a crowd. And we will tailor that training to the roles and tasks you specify. Want to learn it fast or take it slow? You set the pace of your instruction, and PDS will follow.

Course Registration

PDS is ready to work with you to design the training you need. Please CONTACT PDS for more information about any of our training services. See you in class!

Upcoming Workshop & Academy Training Schedule: 

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Schedule for May 2019

  • Publishing Physician Compensation Reports with a Click

    May 23, 2019

    Did you know PDS DASH can be used to publish graphical physician compensation dashboards from your current reporting process? You can also use PDS DASH to better automate and calculate Physician Compensation reports. Gain insight on how to model new compensation plans and understand how they compare to current plans. Learn about best practices for presenting compensation information to management and end users.

  • PDS iMPower Prompted Reports - Academy Training*

    May 24, 2019

    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. Also, 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.

  • IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting I - Academy Training*

    May 28, 2019

    Get started with IBM Cognos Analytics: a powerful web-based analytics solution. PDS will present their 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.

  • PDS iMPower Advanced - Academy Training*

    May 29, 2019

    Whether you are a new or existing iMPower super (professional) user, the iMPower Advanced Academy Training course will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. During the class learn how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts which allow users to easily filter reports on the fly. Custom groups will be reviewed to allow you to group attributes in various ways to bring your report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options will be reviewed, including advanced thresholds, providing the flexibility to personalize your reports based on an attribute or metric qualification. Learn to schedule reports through subscription services, automating the delivery of reports you regularly generate.

  • IBM Cognos Analytics Reporting II - Academy Training*

    May 30, 2019

    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 Web Visualization—DASH to Results!

    May 31, 2019

    Did you know you can build visual dashboards in one day if you are already using PDS DASH to publish dashboards? Imagine bringing your dashboards to the next level overnight! In this workshop, learn how to take your current PDS DASH projects to visual dashboards and gain an understanding of how they can be quickly modified or “flattened.” This provides a structure that gives additional functionality to quickly move to visual dashboards with virtually any visualization tool on the market, including PDS iMPower, Tableau and Cognos Analytics.

 *License Required


Schedule for June 2019

  • PDS DASH I - Academy Training*

    June 10, 2019

    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.

  • Best Practices in Staging Data for Use with Tableau

    June 11, 2019

    Are you struggling with how to get the data you need into Tableau to start building the visualizations you desire? You may have databases and analytics in your organization and understand Tableau, and yet still can’t tie the pieces together to get the results you need. PDS can help. Come to this workshop to learn the “walk – run – fly” approach to data staging and modeling that will have you building dashboards in days—using a variety of techniques including cubes, summary tables, staged datamarts and other applications that can deliver results in hours.

  • Well-Care Visits—Better Medicine with an ROI

    June 12, 2019

    Learn how the new PDS Population Discovery module simplifies understanding patient populations. Understand the difference between PDS Population Discovery and Population Risk Acuity and how each PDS tool can provide immediate and future benefits to your organization. In addition, this workshop will review PDS Quality Metric Template designs for building out quality dashboards.

  • PDS DASH II - Academy Training*

    June 13, 2019

    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.

  • Functions to Enhance the PDS iMPower Experience - Academy Training*

    June 14, 2019

    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*

    June 18, 2019

    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.

  • Tableau I - Academy Training*

    June 20, 2019

    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’ll discover how to build and format multiple visualization types to best display data and report on performance.

  • PDS DASH Power Features - Academy Training*

    June 21, 2019

    This training shares power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn significant 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. A review of best practices for handling various data source structures is included. Learn how to bring your dashboards to the next level; topics include how to create enhanced visual interactive dashboards and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

  • Tableau II - Academy Training*

    June 24, 2019

    In Class II, you’ll learn how to use Tableau’s powerful capabilities to combine multiple worksheets and visualizations into a single visual web dashboard, plus how you can enhance your dashboard and speed up analysis with filters and interaction.

  • PDS iMPower I - Academy Training*

    June 25, 2019

    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.

  • PDS iMPower II - Academy Training*

    June 27, 2019

    Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations and report formatting.

 *License Required

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