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3 Reasons Why the Right Mobile Data Capture Solution is Critical for Site Investigations and Inspections

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You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s worth repeating, site investigations and inspections require mobility. It’s not an opinion or a debate, it’s merely a fact now. But, have you ever stopped to think about why having the right mobility solution is so important? Here are 3 good reasons.

  1. A good mobile collection solution results in better data quality.
    It starts, as it often does, with data quality at the point of collection. All good digital form solutions should be able to perform complex validations even using offline mobile forms. These can include required fields, range checks, and conditional form flow. But, what if your investigator is working on something they’re unfamiliar with? That’s where instant access to regulations and governance come in. Your mobility solution needs to be able to provide this on device at the time of capture.
  2. The collection device and the software are both key factors to your success.
    Data validation isn’t the only need, of course. The mobile device cannot get in the way of the actual work. If an inspector is struggling with a large device, or an expensive one that can be easily damaged, they’re taking their attention away from the actual task at hand. Fast, responsive, well-designed digital forms must be thought of as the same as any other tool used in the field.
  3. The right mobility solution makes your data more valuable.
    Lastly, collected data through onsite inspections must be able to be integrated with robust analytics packages. Your mobile data collectors are going to be capturing hundreds or thousands of data points per week. If it can’t be reported on, it’s basically useless. Make sure that your mobility solution allows you to integrate data with packages that allow you to provide critical insights about investigations and inspections.

My advice to all mobility adopters is to make sure you evaluate how your solution is going to work in the field before you make the leap. Make sure that you can capture accurate data while offline, provide access to needed resources, and easily tie that data to backend systems for critical reporting.

Digital Transformation: Making Restaurant Violations Data Available to the Public

I’ve been working at Mi-Corporation for 5 years and have heard many stories about how our mobile data capture solutions (our Mobile Impact Platform) have helped organizations make a difference in their customers’ and constituents’ lives.  For example, I’ve heard about the USDA using our solutions to help ensure the public is safe from consuming contaminated beef and I’ve heard how the US DOT uses our platform to aide their employees when investigating motor vehicle crashes (and keeping our roads safe). I’ve heard how Transport for London uses our solution to help ensure their riders enjoy safe, clean travel.  I have no firsthand experience, nor have I seen, the real-life benefits that a customer or constituent can receive when using our Mobile Impact Platform.

Imagine my surprise earlier this month when I received an email containing a Public Health Report from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). The email, in addition to containing advice for pregnant women and vaccination information, also contained a “Regulatory Report” with the results of Food Facility Inspections. With a quick scroll down the page, I was able to see a list of restaurants that had “critical violations” and therefore received a grade of “C.”

 

I was able to click on the restaurant and actually see the data that an MSDH inspector had captured using Mi-Corporation’s mobile data solution.

 

I’m very impressed by MSDH’s commitment to keeping their constituents healthy and informed, and am excited that we play a part in their commendable efforts. I don’t know about you, but if I lived in a state that had the results of food facility inspections so transparent and readily available to the public, my choice of eating destinations would be greatly influenced!

“Kids?! Do you want to eat at the restaurant with or without rodents in the kitchen?”