Welcome to the Launch of the Nutrition Informatics Blog! This is an exciting time for me, as I look forward to hearing from those working in the area of informatics --and from those just beginning to integrate informatics into their work. As a consultant to ADA and a volunteer--the most enjoyable learning happens when others share their real-life experiences from work and life.
With all the recent discussion of health information technology (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), and Personal Health Records (PHR) in the press, it might seem that this expansive field just bubbled to the top a few years back. Actually, Biomedical and Nursing Informatics has been around since digital computers were created in the 1940’s. Given the vast amount of data inherent in the field of nutrition, it seems very logical to utilize technology to manage our information.
I will be sharing details from many working in this space—there is very little in print on nutrition informatics per se, so I hope this serves as a repository of information on the topic. Please join in the discussion—it is this sharing that allows us all to understand the many possibilities we have.
Yes, I just used this quote—but this is the perfect place for it to land. I hope you agree.
In his book The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki notes “groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them.” (Surowiecki J. The Wisdom of Crowds. New York: Anchor Books, 2005.)