1 Description Introduction Software This is Session 1: Module 2 of the M-SPIRIT Required Online Training presented by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services WIC Program. Software The M-SPIRIT application is a tool to assist you with meeting and completing your WIC program needs and providing participant services. M-SPIRIT_1 M-SPIRIT is a web-based application. However, unlike some web applications, M-SPIRIT must be installed on your workstation, which means you cannot use just any computer connected to the Internet to access M-SPIRIT. M-SPIRIT uses the Internet to connect to a central server or a centralized database. M-SPIRIT is based on the SPIRIT source code. The SPIRIT source code is shared by all states that currently utilize the SPIRIT system in their WIC Programs. Business rules allow for each state to individualize some of the code. That creates flexibility in the display of some fields and in some of the system's functionality. Source Code The state also has some additional control, such as the ability to add and remove food items and change the contents of certain dropdown lists. However, not all functions or fields can be customized, which results in some M-SPIRIT fields being required displayed the fact that Montana does not normally collect the information. This also results in user choices that are allowable in M-SPIRIT but are not allowable by Montana State WIC policy. Delayed Blood work is an example of this. Keep in mind that this is a direct result of sharing code with other states that have different program needs and requirements. Help1 The Help functionality in M-SPIRIT, which provides general information about how to use each screen, is also part of the shared source code. It is universal and not individualized based on state use. Software Page 1
2 This means that you may see things in Help that do not show in M- SPIRIT or function differently based on M-SPIRIT's business rule settings. Help is on the menu bar of each screen in M-SPIRIT and can also be accessed by pressing the FI key. Help2 <version1> <version2> <version3> <fade out> Other Software Releases1 Releases2 The version of M-SPIRIT you are currently using is also found in the Help menu. You may be required to determine the version of the M-SPIRIT application you are using when you call the Help Desk for assistance. The Version Number is found in the Help menu. Click Help on the menu bar. Select About WIC. The version of M-SPIRIT is listed on the ABOUT WIC APPLICATIONS window. Click OK to exit <fade out> Besides M-SPIRIT, all workstations will also have Desktop Shortcuts to SIS (an adjunctive eligibility tool), WEB-EX (a tool used when calling the Helpdesk), and the M-SPIRIT Clinic Module. M-SPIRIT releases, including updates with bug fixes and system enhancements, will be released to the production database about 4-8 times per year. Releases will automatically run the first time M-SPIRIT is opened once the release is available. Allow extra time to log into M-SPIRIT on days when there is an M-SPIRIT release. The downloads generally take an additional 10 minutes to complete. The WIC Weekly Newsletter will let you know when to expect an M- SPIRIT release. M-SPIRIT Online training modules may be provided if appropriate to educate about changes being made to the software. Centralized DB M-SPIRIT has a centralized database that is maintained in Helena. It has multiple virtual web servers that contain all of our participant data for each database including production, test and training. None of the participant data is stored locally on your machine. Software Page 2
3 A centralized system allows you to have immediate access to all Montana participant records because all data is stored in one place. When you initiate a transfer from one clinic to another, the transfer occurs in real-time, which means as soon as a transfer is initiated from the statewide database all of the participant information is available to you at your clinic. In M-SPIRIT, inputted data is automatically and immediately communicated back up to the web server. Database backups are also transparent to you since they are automatically performed and maintained in Helena by the state. Web-Based_1 Since M-SPIRIT is a web-based application, all of its data is stored on web servers and connectivity to the application is dependent on your local connection to the Internet. M-SPIRIT's performance is directly affected by your connection speed. Both connection speed and the application's performance are affected by the type of connection you have to the Internet at your site, the number of local agency WIC users you have connected at one time, and other traffic due to other users at your site using the same connections to the Internet. Web-Based_2 EOD1 M-SPIRIT's performance is not only affected by your local connectivity but can also be affected by the total number of concurrent statewide M-SPIRIT users accessing the web servers at one time. Since M-SPIRIT has only one production database and not a server dedicated to each agency, it has the potential of having approximately 200 Montana WIC users hitting it at one time. However, M-SPIRIT's web servers were built to specifications to accommodate all potential Montana WIC users in most instances. M-SPIRIT runs daily processes called End-of-Day that help to maintain a stream-lined and efficient database. Software Page 3
4 During these processes, the system auto-terminates participants based on certain critieria, including if a participant has failed to pickup benefits for 2 consecutive months or has not been recertified 31 days after their cert end date. It also terminates participants who are categorically ineligible. Termination is the first step towards the system being able to purge records from your local agency. EOD2 During End of day, the system also purges participants from the database that were terminated by either the user or the system more than 6 months ago, were prescreened more than 60 days ago and never certified, and determined ineligible more than 6 months ago. Purged participants are inactive records the system removes from your local agency to increase database efficiency. These records are stored on the statewide database in what is called Clinic 88. Clinic 88 is, essentially, a storage clinic for inactive records. Appointment information is also maintained during End-of-Day. EOD3 In order to keep appointment scheduling efficient, appointment information greater than 90 days old is deleted, including daily schedules and appointments listed in the Appointments tab of the participant folder. If group education is utilized, End-of-day will also delete class enrollments after 7 months. Most WIC Categories must be changed during the certification process or in Demographics. EOD4 However, End-of-Day automatically changes the category for participants turning one year old from Infant to Child the night before their first birthday. Lastly, End of Day is responsible for clearing the On-site list of participants, which we will discuss in Session 2, and many of the banking and vendor processes. HelpDesk1 The Montana WIC Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM by phone at Software Page 4
5 Once it connects, press 1 for Network and other non-wic computer issues, press 2 for the WIC Vendor Coordinator, press 4 for Administrative/ Monitoring issues, press 5 for the WIC Administrative Assistant, and press 6 for the WIC Computer Help desk. You should call the WIC Computer Help Desk to assist with troubleshooting M-SPIRIT issues, such as not being able to do something in M-SPIRIT you expect to be able to do. HelpDesk2 HelpDesk3 HelpDesk4 Questions The WIC Computer Help Desk can also assist you with troubleshooting certain hardware issues with state-provided equipment including your workstation, signature pad, scanner and printers. Lastly, the WIC Computer Help Desk can assist you if you cannot remember your password when logging into M-SPIRIT. Also, the username and password you use to login to your workstation is not maintained by the Montana WIC Help desk (Option 6). If you are on the state network and cannot log into your workstation, choose Option 1. If you are not on the state network, you must contact your local IT personnel for password help. If you have issues with software and hardware that has been provided by your local agency, and not the state, you should call your local IT for assistance. Do you have any questions about what we just reviewed? If so, please submit them via the M-SPIRIT Frequently Asked Questions forum on the Montana WIC website. Software Page 5
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