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July 7, 2022 . Ryan O'Connell

Welcoming the Ursa Studio Knowledge Base

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Ursa Health launched the Ursa Studio Knowledge Base this past May to provide users with a 24/7, self-service option for learning about the features and content in our analytics development platform. Gathering all the knowledge users need to get the most out of Ursa Studio into a single repository helps create an efficient learning experience and complements our live trainings and video training catalog. Our aim is to make proficiency easily attainable by users with varying needs.

What is the knowledge base?

The information contained in the knowledge base falls into three interrelated categories:

  • Platform knowledge: This information is aimed at ensuring that users know what Ursa Studio can do for them and how they can use the platform to more effectively address their day-to-day analytic responsibilities.
  • Content knowledge: This information covers the Ursa Core Data Model and related content modules addressing specific areas of healthcare focus, such as chronic kidney disease. Users will gain an understanding of all that the content has to offer as well as the logic underlying the content, thus building their confidence in using the content to address their analytic needs.
  • Knowledge of theory, conventions, and best practices: Information in this area provides a glimpse into the theoretical underpinnings of Ursa Studio features and content, conventions that we have found useful, and best practices for integrating and modeling data as well as specifying and presenting measures.

We believe that Ursa Studio proficiency = platform knowledge + content knowledge + knowledge of theory, conventions, and best practices.

The knowledge base is modeled after those that support common programming languages. Many of our users with backgrounds in development have grown accustomed to finding answers to their questions about specific programming languages, development best practices, and fresh ideas for tackling novel data problems by searching for that information online. Our knowledge base will continue to offer an increasingly robust response to that need for Ursa Studio users.

How is the knowledge base organized?

The knowledge base is organized into five sections:

  • Product Manual: The information in this section of the knowledge base generally describes the features in Ursa Studio. By reviewing this section, users will develop a clear understanding of Ursa Studio’s capabilities and, in some cases, the way to use those capabilities.
  • Release Notes: This section of the knowledge base contains notes about our monthly feature releases. Here, users can read about new features that have been added to the platform, enhancements to existing features, and bug fixes. Regularly reviewing the release notes helps users stay up to date on the latest Ursa Studio has to offer.
  • Contents Modules: Users interested in learning about the specifics of any of our content modules can do so in this section. Each content module’s key concepts, measures, and objects are described, and an object relationship diagram is included for visualizing the relationships between objects. This information is useful for users who need to understand the logic underlying objects and measures in a particular module. Currently, we have released documentation for the Ursa Health Chronic Kidney Disease Module, with more to come.
  • Analytics Master Class: Articles in this section are written by Andy Hackbarth, Ursa Health’s Chief Product Officer, and describe advanced concepts that can be implemented using Ursa Studio. Anyone interested in clear, insightful discussion of advanced healthcare analytics topics will find this content particularly useful.
  • How-To Guides: These articles provide step-by-step guidance on how to use specific platform features or accomplish common tasks within Ursa Studio. Analysts and developers alike will find articles of interests.

What are future plans for the knowledge base?

In the near future, our goals for the knowledge base include publishing information on the Ursa Core Data Model, releasing a steady stream of how-to guides, and enhancing the product manual to provide greater clarity around certain features. Our longer-term goals include publishing all documentation related to measure theory, naming conventions, and best practices.

Check out the knowledge base here. And if you have ideas for information that you’d like to see added, please don’t hesitate to let us know at support@ursahealth.com.

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