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Mobile Technology for Hospital Food Service

Mobile Technology for Hospital Food Service

By Margaret Dittloff, MS, RD

Chair, Nutrition Informatics Committee, 20122013

I just got back from the Association for Healthcare Foodservice annual conference, where top self-op food service professionals from across the country and vendors shared information on the latest trends and challenges facing the industry. While technology was not the primary focus of the week, it was ever present—from the trade show floor, featuring the latest high-tech equipment and handheld and tablet applications to make ordering, producing, and tracking meals and inventory easier to sessions on benchmarking to help operators assess their productivity. 

A multiple of educational sessions focused entirely on mobile technologies. Everyone is looking for ways to provide better services with declining resources, and handheld or mobile technologies are one part of that solution for many hospitals. According to a recent report published by Kalorama Information, hospitals are investing in handheld and tablet technologies in two market segments—patient monitoring devices and administrative devices. Both areas ultimately intend to improve health care efficiency by streamlining work flow and providing immediate access to patient information, which ultimately can improve patient care.

As the growth and adoption of mobile medical apps aimed at consumers grow, we should expect to see similar growth and use of mobile handheld and tablet technologies in the health care workplace as well.

Post a response to this blog and let us know what mobile technologies you are seeing in your workplace.

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