Dietitians need to embrace technology to help us engage and empower patients to improve their health in all care settings. We need technology to advance the way we practice nutrition and access critical data for research. Today, we are on the brink of a data revolution where patient generated data is available from health apps, activity trackers and medical devices. Are you ready for the transformation? Let’s explore how clinical and foodservice dietitians can benefit from advances in technology that makes nutrition-related data from all sources accessible to the entire care team.
1. Define patient-generated heath data and explain the challenges and barriers associated with integrating it with traditional provider data.
2. Describe how structured nutrition data may be leveraged to support clinical decision support as well as quality and outcomes research.
3. List examples of how to leverage nutrition-related technology to encourage and empower patients in the hospital and beyond.
4. Discuss which digital health devices currently on the market could be useful to dietitians.
Margaret Dittloff is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a B.S. in Foodservice Management from Iowa State University and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She is a certified product manager and a former Director of Product Management for The CBORD Group, a software provider of food and nutrition management solutions. Margaret has been a volunteer leader and advocate for nutrition informatics and health IT within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Academy where she has focused her efforts on ensuring that nutrition is included in healthcare standards for interoperability. She has served as the chair of both the Academy’s Nutrition Informatics Committee and Committee on Interoperability & Standards. Margaret is currently the volunteer nutrition project facilitator within Health Level Seven International (HL7). She resides in San Antonio, Texas, USA.