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Nutrition Informatics: Excitement, Engagement, and Empowerment!

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Submitted by Peggy Turner, MS, RD/LD

Chair, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Informatics Committee, 2013-2014


June 1 was the start of a new membership year within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a new year for all of the volunteer committees that the Academy depends on to help carry out its strategic plan.


This year will begin the 4th year for the Nutrition Informatics Committee (NIC). Looking back, it is amazing how far the concept of nutrition informatics has evolved in just a few short years. Thanks go out to the previous chairs (Marty Yadrick, RD, Elaine Ayres, RD, and Margaret Dittloff, RD) for their vision and leadership in the area of nutrition informatics.


During the 2012-2013 year, one of the key accomplishments by the NIC was the publishing of the Delphi Study, which established Nutrition Informatics Competencies based on the Dietetics Career Development Guide. The study was published in the December 2012 edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and also is available at website.


The NIC also collaborated with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for a Nutrition Informatics Virtual Town Hall Series. Three complimentary webinars were promoted to Academy members using social media, the NI Blog, and the AND dietetic practice groups’ newsletters. Participation was fantastic, and the audience asked great questions. Several Academy members also presented presentations at the HIMSS13 Conference in New Orleans.


The Interoperability and Standards (I & S) Sub-Committee did a phenomenal job participating with Health Level 7 (HL7) and the Office of the National Coordinator to help create nutrition standards and vocabularies. The sub-committee put in numerous hours and collaborated with many groups and professionals to make sure nutrition was included in the areas of structured documents, personal health records, orders and observation, allergies and intolerances, electronic health records, mobile health, clinical decision support, long-term care, Blue Button, and other vital areas.


And the next year will no doubt prove just as exciting and engaging. With some members completing their terms (thanks to all that just left us) and new members coming on board, the next year promises to keep us just as busy.


The new committee will work on the following this year:

Creating of a certificate in the area of nutrition informatics

Conducting the 3rd Nutrition Informatics Survey of Academy members

Continuing to get the message of nutrition informatics out to our members

Having ongoing collaboration with internal and external groups to keep the message of nutrition informatics out there


But you do not need to become a member of the NIC to get engaged yourself. Here are just a few ideas for you to consider:

Join us for the 8th Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo “Open Space” session, scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, in Houston Texas

Volunteer to become part of the Communication Team headed up by Dr Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA

Join the Nutrition Informatics Community

Contact me at Peggy Turner with any ideas you would like to share


This is the perfect time to get involved. So, get engaged and you too can experience what nutrition informatics has to offer!



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