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Consumer Health Informatics Work Group Seeks Input

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Consumer Health Informatics Work Group Seeks Input

By Peggy Turner, MS, RD/LD

The Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) Work Group conducted its first Roundtable Discussion on March 28, 2012. The purpose of the event was to seek input from members to better determine how the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can help us all drive the topic of CHI forward. After a brief welcome and introductions made by the work group chair Jody Engel, the moderator, Nadine Fisher, got the discussion underway. Brief questions were asked so members could share their experiences, insights, and suggestions for how the Academy could help make their jobs easier.

The attendees had a wide variety of backgrounds. The list included the head dietitian for, a teacher, a clinical RD, an urban dietitian who works for a county extension service, and many others. Regardless of their area of practice, they all agreed that they work every day with consumers or clients who use technology to get their health information.

Suggestions for information that they would find helpful included:

·   A central library of approved applications

·   More information or education in the area of telecommunications

·   A resource outlining approved sources of blogs, books, and Internet sites

·   Reusable resources for various types of media, such as generic YouTube videos and tweets that you could access quickly for retweeting

·   Resources for people with disabilities, such as videos in sign language and alternate text

·   Resources that are appropriate for low-income clients/patients

·   Establishment of guidelines for the do’s and don’ts of CHI

·   Establishment of guidelines for what information is appropriate to share and what is not

·   A calendar of events promoting timely topics and resources to help promote those ideas

With this information in hand, the CHI Work Group can now begin the task of figuring out how to best move forward. But in the meantime, you can continue to share all your wonderful ideas with members in the Nutrition Informatics Community or e-mail the ideas to And speaking of blogs, make sure to subscribe to the Nutrition Informatics Blog, if you haven’t already. Guest bloggers are always welcome.

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