Over the past several years, the American Dietetic Association has recognized and wholeheartedly supported the growing field of nutrition informatics. The ADA Nutrition Informatics Committee, a new committee for 2010-2011 has been tasked with identifying trends in biomedical informatics and assisting the ADA with ensuring that RDs and DTRs are prepared for practice in the future. The added incentives of the HITECH Act passed in 2009 have also created numerous educational and job opportunities for members.
This year the ADA Nutrition Informatics Committee has worked on multiple initiatives including competencies in informatics for all practitioners and students, educational opportunities in informatics, informatics publications, diet order standards through HL7 and the Nutrition Informatics 2011 Member Survey. This work will continue in 2011-2012 under the direction of incoming chair, Marty Yadrick, with increased emphasis on participation in HL7 for standards, and continued work on informatics competencies and training.
If you are interested in informatics, and wish to be involved, please complete the Opportunities to Serve form by February 25. The President-Elect and House of Delegates Speaker-Elect annually appoint volunteers to these important positions.
Chair, ADA Nutrition Informatics Committee, 2010-2011