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Nutrition Informatics Blog

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MyDS--Mobile Dietary Supplement App

With the proliferation of mobile health applications the first question is always “Is the information provided valid and reliable?”   The next question is “Was an R.D. involved to provide the expertise necessary for an evidence-based application”?  The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, the nation’s federally funded health research organization, has started to take a look at mobile health computing and how various applications impact health.  For more information on comments by NIH Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, see this interview entitled Mobile Technology and Healthcare.

There are many dietitians that work at the National Institutes of Health, and a recent NIH Record article, highlights the work of Jody Engel, MS, RD in the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements.  Jody has developed a mobile phone application called MyDS that allows users to track their use of dietary supplements including the name and dose.  The free, mobile application allows you to share your supplement profile with your health care provider and also allows you to track supplement use for other family members.  For more information on MyDS visit the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements.

MyDS is a great example of R.D.’s  providing accurate and reliable information to consumers. 

Author: Elaine Ayres, MS, RD

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