Expanding the Horizon of the Nutrition Profession Through Informatics
Informatics is integral to all areas of nutrition practice, from clinical care to food service management to public health. To better understand the implications of technology on the roles of dietitians in the workplace, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Informatics Committee and Interoperability and Standards Committee conducted the 4th tri-annual informatics survey to assess the use of technology and data by nutrition professionals. The 2019 survey results will be presented along with synthesis of eleven years of research. Because dietitians cannot work in an information vacuum, this session will also expand beyond nutrition to look at the current landscape of health informatics. With increasing patient access to data through portals and health apps, dietitians need to involve and empower patients and their caregivers in decisions related to the patient’s care using patient-generated data. Now, more than ever, especially given the current state of the world, dietitians are poised to use their skills to advance patient care and expand into the larger fields of health informatics and telehealth.
- State how dietitians’ roles in informatics have evolved over the previous decade.
- Explain how informatics relates to and enhances the work of dietitians across practice settings.
- Describe the trends currently happening in health informatics and how they impact nutrition care.
- 5.1.1 Demonstrates proficient use of technical
operating systems and software to communicate
and disseminate information; to collect, track
and retrieve data; and to create documents,
spreadsheets and presentations.
- 10.3.1 Demonstrates knowledge and applies
principles of the informed consent process in
accordance with organization policies, protocols
and state and federal regulations.
- 6.1.4 Collects qualitative and quantitative data using
mixed methodologies and interprets information.
Amy Wootton, RD, LDN
Carrie Hamady, EdD, MS, RD, LD
Director, Undergraduate Dietetics Program
Bowling Green State University
Jay Spitulnik, PhD, CPT
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Health Informatics Graduate Program