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Health-Care Technology: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publishes Practice Paper on Nutrition Informatics

2012-11-01

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

CHICAGO – Delivering the highest-quality health care requires providers to be able to find, evaluate and share accurate information with patients as well as other health professionals. “Informatics” is the science of managing, storing and communicating information. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has developed a practice paper for registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered to help them use informatics in providing nutrition-related care.

The Academy’s practice paper “Nutrition Informatics” is being published November 1. A practice paper is a critical analysis of current research literature that enables Academy members to translate nutrition science into the highest-quality advice and services. Practice papers are published on the Academy’s website for Academy members and are available to the public for purchase.

A flood of information about food and nutrition is at everyone’s fingertips, from the news media and diet books to friends, family, health providers and mobile apps. Expertise in nutrition informatics enables RDs and DTRs to help consumers sort through endless amounts of food and nutrition information and create a healthful eating plan that is right for each person.

From corporate wellness programs to intensive care units, health-care settings have unique information needs, but all require practitioners to have immediate access to accurate information, according to the Academy’s practice paper:

“Health informatics focuses on the application of information science within the health care arena. The field of health informatics includes medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental, public health and now nutrition informatics. Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered are now creating nutrition informatics as a new area of dietetics practice. Current use of informatics in health care includes electronic health records, outcomes research, and knowledge acquisition.”

The Academy’s practice paper encourages dietetics practitioners to seek opportunities for advanced educational training in nutrition informatics, no matter what their area of practice, since technology skills are valuable in all areas, from clinical dietetics to private practice, foodservice, public health, community nutrition, scientific research, school nutrition and consulting. According to the Academy’s practice paper: “It is imperative that dietetics practitioners have a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts of nutrition informatics.”

The Academy’s practice paper was written by registered dietitian Pamela Charney, PhD, RD, program chair of healthcare information technology and management at Bellevue College.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org