BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Sean Hill is the Program Manager for the Gallatin City County Health Department. He's been with the department for close to a decade and says he's seen a shift in the way the county does food inspections.

"We're only required to one per restaurant per year but Gallatin County thinks health inspections are much more important issues so we've transitioned into a risk based model," explains Hill.

They assign values to a restaurant, taking into account menu complexity, historic record of inspections, managerial staff training and education and the general facility. It's not just floors, walls and ceilings, either. They look at issues that directly influence food borne illnesses, like personal hygiene and proper holding and cooking temperatures.

In the last year, he saw another shift- to an electronic model. It's made it easier to transfer data, allowed staff more time in the field and will soon provide the department with another tool to educate consumers- inspections viewable online.

"Our role as public health is not only protecting the health by doing these inspections but educating the consumer on where they're eating and what they're consuming and how that facility is doing," says Hill.

Plus, Hill tells me online inspections will encourage eateries to work even harder to make the grade.

I stopped by a local café to see what restaurant owners think about inspections going online.

"I think it's a really positive thing. Anything that helps public safety is a good thing," says Nova Café owner Serena Rundberg.

She just wrapped up renovations for a brand new kitchen. Now, Rundberg's looking forward to expanding to the space next door. It will offer grab and go options, as well as provide overflow seating for busy weekends.

"It'll be an espresso bar so, we'll have to go through another set of inspections. They have the drawings now," explains Rundberg.

She says she took notice when the health department went digital. Now she gets an email every time inspectors stop in.

"I'm not here every single day that we're open, 7a-2p...If I'm on vacation or if I'm at home or if I'm having an office day and we get an inspection, I can get it instantaneously so, that's really helpful, too," says Rundberg.

Rundberg says online inspections will add another level of public awareness.

"It's kind of like you're being reviewed on Yelp or being reviewed on some of these online sites. It keeps everyone on their toes," Rundberg says.

It's something she says is even more important when you're dealing with something folks are putting into their bodies every day.

We asked locals whether they would access inspections online. We got mixed feedback. A lot of folks say they probably would not look for food inspections online.

They won't be online until sometime in June but, if you want to take a look at what it will look like, you can visit Missoula County's Health Department site.

They already have the system in place.