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Getting Involved With Informatics

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Submitted by Carolyn Silzle, MS, MBA, RD

If you are reading this blog, I am guessing that you are interested in informatics and/or that part of your job includes informatics. In either case, you may have questions regarding why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  is involved, how you can learn more, or how you can get involved.  

The Academy is placing emphasis on nutrition informatics for several reasons. Diet orders, the nutrition care process, and nutrition terminology, including diagnosis, are not well defined in current electronic health records (EHR). As standards for the EHR are written at the federal level as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Academy is pushing for the inclusion of nutrition and diet orders. 

Having these tools will promote standard data, which will prove useful in pulling outcomes data. Positive outcomes data will show the benefits and value of the registered dietitian. Documented value will hopefully bring better salaries.

Another initiative of the Academy is promoting education in informatics for its members. In the past, the Academy partnered with the American Medical Informatics Association with its 10´10 class. Now, the Academy is partnering with Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) to provide another resource.

Student members can obtain a full membership for $30 at (

Academy members can purchase an online HIMSS membership for $30 at (

Coming up, the Academy has partnered with HIMSS to offer some free webinars:

·   January 10, 2013: Nutrition Informatics 101

·   February 14, 2013: Informatics Competencies Delphi Study

·   April 11, 2013: Meaningful Use in Action—Exploring the Possibilities of Nutrition Informatics

Sign up now!



I have a Master's in Bioinformatics and am also an RD. Curious what the career opportunities are with a background such as mine and also how I could begin to become involved in this area. Thanks.
Posted by: Denise C Surman at 1/26/2013 11:00 AM

I'm curious to know how AND is going to respond to your question, because I basically asked my alma mater whether they were going to offer healthcare informatics. The answer I got from the program director was: we don't see a difference between the process, the skills, the problem-solving, the analytical process whether the informatics deal with healthcare, finance or some other field.
Shelley McGhee, MS RD
Posted by: Shelley E McGhee MS RD at 2/5/2013 3:59 PM

In response to the question from Denise, I think research would be a great place for someone with those skills along with nutritional genomics, a new and growing area. Related to Shelley's question above, I think that an informatics degree is best combined with another area of expertise so you can apply informatics to a nutrition program for example. Informatics can be applied to any practice or area of healthcare. If you are an RD with informatics training your skills would best fit a food or nutrition related area.
Nadine Fisher MS,RD,LD
Posted by: Nadine K Fisher MS RD LD at 5/21/2013 5:06 PM

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