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Covering the intersection of nutrition, information and technology.

Free Yourself from Free-Text Documentation

For clinical nutrition managers, eliminating free-text means less time spent reading misspellings, syntax errors or overlong entries while doing chart reviews. Plus, you can make a stronger case that your department is contributing to quality measures and making diagnoses codes easier to capture for billing.

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How Hybrid Classrooms Change the Game

Hybrid classes are a fusion of online and traditional in-seat formats. Having taught both online and in-seat classes, I liked the idea of combining the best parts of each.

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It's a Health IT World, Whether You Know It or Not

Here's something you might not know about informatics: in the modern world, pretty much everybody does it. Perhaps as a nutrition and dietetics professional you do not realize you do, but you do.

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How My Small Business Uses Technology

I own a small business, so being up on all the latest technology can be difficult — not because of my tech skills or that of my staff. It is just economics. We can't afford to have an IT person on retainer. Instead, we have to pay as we go for assistance with our technology.

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Where Evidence-Based Health Experts Fit on Social Media

Social media may present a unique method for disseminating evidence-based practice guidelines to professionals and related health behavior information to patients. However, little is known about whether this really works. That's where an Academy research study comes in.

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Implementing Electronic Health Records: Before Go-Live and Beyond

My involvement in nutrition informatics started early in my career. I helped build, test and implement the nutrition component of a new medical record. Today, I'm still building on those lessons

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Using Technology to Communicate and Organize

As speaker-elect of the Academy House of Delegates, one of my most exciting and challenging responsibilities is communicating clearly and openly with a variety of groups. So what's the best way to keep in touch with all of these interested parties?

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Representing Nutrition Informatics at HL7

Last year, I had the honor and privilege of representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Health Level 7 Working Group Meeting in Paris. Here are some of the highlights from the Paris 2015 meeting.

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I'm Proud to Be a NIRD

I am a "nutrition informatics registered dietitian" — a NIRD (I love this play on words)! Every day I chart in electronic health records, I think, “How can this be done more efficiently?” And, “What else can we do to help ensure that patients' nutrition data follows them to be seen by other health practitioners?”

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How Twitter Chats Have Changed My Classroom

A few years ago, I had to cancel a class I was teaching because I was out of town. I was not thrilled about missing out on instruction time so I thought, "Let's do a Twitter chat instead!" It was a huge success. Here's how you can do it in your teaching too.

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Want to Make Your Own App? Go to a -Thon

I got started making apps by attending a USDA nutrition "game-a-thon" in 2010. Game developers from around the country gathered in various cities to volunteer their time in creating computer nutrition games. After the event, a developer helped me code my food game idea into a smartphone app.

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4 Questions to Ask to Become a Better App Shopper

"What health app would you recommend for me?" With almost one-third of smartphone owners in the U.S. using health and fitness apps, you might get asked this question a lot. Here are some tips for pointing the questioner in the right direction.

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You Spelled "NIRD" Wrong

As a current dietetic intern, many assumed I knew everything about today's health-care technology. But after my latest rotation, I discovered just how little I knew — and why all nutrition students should get intensive training on vital computer programs.

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How the Information Revolution Will Drive the Future of Public Health

With WIC, informatics is everywhere: transitioning the paper voucher to electronic benefits transfer (EBT), using apps to promote and support breastfeeding moms, or reminding WIC participants of appointments via text messaging.

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How Online Learning is Changing Classroom Discussion

In traditional college classrooms, some students are too shy or reluctant to contribute to discussions. But in online courses, the dynamic is very different.

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Informatics is a Field of Constant Learning

There are two parts of my job in informatics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital I really enjoy: learning about new treatments for childhood catastrophic illness and get more training — I’m always learning something new and improving my skills!

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Meet the NIRD Named HL7 Volunteer of the Year

In October 2015, Elaine Ayres was one of three members HL7 honored with the 19th annual W. Edward Hammond, PhD Volunteer of the Year Award.

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Should You Be Using LOINC?

The more I work with terminologies, the more I find that it isn't really a question of should we use Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, or LOINC, but how can we use them effectively.

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Meet The Feed at FNCE® 2015

I have not attended the FNCE in several years, but I'm going to Nashville this year — and I am so excited to reunite with so many in my profession.

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Meeting the Standards with Standardization

I have a great interest in guiding the future of nutrition information. I am a part of a similar project with the goal of bringing all of our sites onto a single corporate database so that all central information will be available to everyone.

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Informatics Is a Skill to Take with You

I have been a RDN for almost eight years and I've found that, no matter where I go, technology and informatics are changing the way we do everything.

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Welcome to The Feed

Dietitians are all about food, from farm to fork and every detail in between. Feeding people is a top priority for all of us, but "feed" can mean supplying more than just calories and nutrients.

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Covering the intersection of nutrition, information and technology.

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Welcome to The Feed, a blog about the dynamic world of nutrition informatics. What is nutrition informatics? It is the intersection of nutrition, information and technology, and it is a major driving force supporting all areas of dietetics practice.

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