Getting Started – Welcome

You have researched the benefits of HIFIS and decided to implement HIFIS in your service provider, or maybe your organization has been using HIFIS for a long time and you have decided to implement a new feature of the software. What do you do next?

As with any big change, successful implementation of the HIFIS software and its features relies on careful planning and preparation. You may need to change internal processes (how or at what point you collect information). You may also need to change who is involved in record keeping. You may even change what information you collect.

This module addresses some of the common issues that organizations encounter and will support Executive Directors and HIFIS administrators as you discuss, plan and prepare for HIFIS implementation. Every service provider is unique, however, and what works for one organization may not work for another. Gathering information about what you do, who works at your shelter, what information you need to collect and how your shelter collects information will help you decide on the strategy that will work in your organization.

Select a link to access a topic or use the “Next” button to progress through the topics in order.

What to Implement
Learn how to choose which HIFIS features to use. This topic includes a high level description of all HIFIS Front Desk features.

When to Implement
Will you implement all features at once, or introduce one feature at a time?

Thinking About Data Security
What are some of the things to think about when implementing a database system to make sure your client information is safe?

Existing Records
Learn about the options available to input existing records into HIFIS.

HIFIS Users
Learn about user profiles and why they are important.

Bilingualism
French or English, everyone has a choice.

Managing Change
Learn to manage the changes that HIFIS implementation will bring and discover some of the benefits that your staff will appreciate.

Adapting HIFIS Training to your Organization
Suggestions on how to use online HIFIS training within your organization.

Generating Reports
Learn about reporting using HIFIS reports.

Summary
A quick review of what you have learned.

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