Electronic Field Inspection (EFIS) New
What is the Electronic Field Inspection System (EFIS)?
Changes are ahead for users of MDH’s Rapid Inspection software, as MDH is in the beginning stages of a project to develop a new web based Electronic Field Inspection System (EFIS). The new EFIS will eventually replace the Rapid Inspection (RI) software that is currently used to store, organize, and retrieve information pertaining to inspections of food, beverage, and lodging establishments; public pools and related facilities; youth camps; manufactured home parks and recreational camping areas.
Why is a new inspection system needed?
The Rapid Inspection software that is currently used is a Visual FoxPro application and database. Visual FoxPro is no longer supported by Microsoft and may not be compatible with future releases of Windows. Therefore, MDH will be moving the existing system to an Oracle database, and redesign the system to assure that it is programmed in a language that is in conformance with MDH information technology standards.
What prompted MDH to begin to work on a new inspection system now?
One of the main reasons we initiated discussion and decided to begin work on inspection system changes is the fact that the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are in the process of amending the Minnesota Food Code, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626.
When will changes in MDH inspection software occur?
The current RI software will be modified so as to be in compliance with the new MN Food Code once it is amended. If EFIS is not ready for release by the time the MN Food Code is promulgated (which is likely to be the case), then the modified version of RI will be deployed for use until EFIS is released. Should local partners wish to continue to use the modified version of RI rather than EFIS, they are welcome to do so, however once EFIS is released support of RI will eventually be discontinued.
Additional information regarding EFIS:
The documents below provide additional information about the new web based Electronic Field Inspection System (EFIS) that is now in the beginning stages of development.