From the Academy| Volume 112, ISSUE 12, P2042-2053, December 2012

Nutrition Informatics Competencies across All Levels of Practice: A National Delphi Study

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      SEVERAL REPORTS FROM THE Institute of Medicine are transforming health care as we know it today. In 1999, a landmark report entitled To Err Is Human focused on the elimination of paper-based medical records to help reduce medical errors. A year later, Crossing the Quality Chasm followed up with a report pointing out how innovation and information technology can improve the quality of our outdated health care system.
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      E. J. Ayres is deputy chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.


      J. L. Greer-Carney is director of nutrition services, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH.


      P. E Fatzinger McShane is director, Dietetic Internship, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD.


      A. Miller is clinical analyst II, UHS, Clinical Systems, Johnson City, NY.


      P. Turner is an assistant professor, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics and Director, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.