Past Webinars

How to Start and Advance a Career in Nutrition Informatics

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Central time)
Length: 1 hr

1 hour of CPEU approved
CPE Level: 2
This live presentation will be recorded and recording will be available for future access

Performance Indicators: 3.1.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.4

Learning Need Codes: 1010, 1130, 1140

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the role of standardized terminology in gaining a career in informatics
  2. Understand skills and tactics that facilitate breaking into and advancing a career in informatics
  3. Construct a plan for a job transition in nutrition informatics


Carolyn A. Silzle, MBA, MS, RD, LD, FAND

Carolyn Silzle has been a registered dietitian for over 40 years. She held a variety of positions in adult hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. However, Carolyn found her passion working for a pediatric hospital. After twelve years working in clinical, she discovered a new opportunity to help create the electronic medical record for our system. Carolyn had experience with computers, using Word to write her clinical notes and Excel to assist with calculating ketogenic and metabolic diets. Although they were focused on getting nurses, she was hired and became orders certified with Epic. She retired from fulltime work from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta after 26 years last year, but continues to work prn directly for lab, building their orders for Epic.

While she switched career paths, she has continued to stay involved with the Academy, DPGs, and other workgroups including HL7 Care plans. Currently, she is a trustee of the Georgia Dietetic Foundation and Chair of Awards for the Nutrition Informatics DPG.

William I. Swan, FAND

A retiree after more than 20 years as Supervisor of Dietitians at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Clinical responsibilities at AAMC included adult and neonatal critical care. Currently, Bill enjoys the arts and outdoor activities around Taos, New Mexico. He serves on the Board of The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

Academy activities have included the Chair of Evidenced Based Practice, Chair Nutrition Care Process Research Outcomes Committee, participation in the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, co-authoring Diabetes Mellitus Toolkit, serving on the IDNT/SL Advisory Panels for the 4th and e NCPT editions, and contributing as a content expert for the Nutrition Orders Domain Analysis Model and clinical documentation standards for HL7. Bill was recognized as an Outstanding Preceptor Region 6 in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Academy in 2014. Publications have touched on ethical selection of infant and enteral feeding formulas, integrating Nutrition Care Process and Evidence Analysis Library Guidelines into expected care chains, and recent updates of the Nutrition Care Process and Nutrition Care Process Terminology. Current work with the Academy includes contributing to the migration of NCP Terminology to SNOMED-CT, The Gravity Project with HL7, and representing the Academy on Trinity Health's FNS Nutrition Advisory Council.

Sarah Taylor, MBA, RD, LD

Sarah Taylor is an experienced Registered Dietitian in the field of Healthcare Nutrition Informatics. She started her career as a clinical dietitian and quickly found her passion in project management and process improvement. Throughout her career as a clinical dietitian, Sarah spearheaded multiple IT-related projects to include revolutionizing clinical nutrition documentation processes and standardizing documentation of malnutrition through a physician-led taskforce. Sarah's passion for information systems and projects led her to pursue an MBA, which she completed in 2018. Many of Sarah's accomplishments in the field are targeted around cost savings, waste management, and labor management through workflow efficiencies. A few of these accomplishments include transitioning a $3M storeroom inventory from manual inventory practices to an online inventory management system; implementing payroll deduct for the entire Network; and launching an online ordering platform for floor stocks across the Network.

Sarah takes pride in empowering the Nutritional Services department to make data-driven decisions by harnessing the power of information systems, which was previously impossible due to tedious, manual processes in place. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, spending time with her husband and family, and is a proud mother to two fur babies, Gracie and Nova.

GlSW2f7eQySVv8VPy0aC_temp-T.jpgFoodservice Efficiences Using Informatics Solutions

Date: Wednesday, May, 27, 2020

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Time: 9:00 AM PST, 10:00 AM MST, 11:00 AM CDT, 12:00 PM EDT
Length: 1 hr

1 hour of CPEU approved
CPE Level: 2
This live presentation will be recorded and recording will be available for future access

Performance Indicators: 8.3.5, 5.1.1, 8.3.7

Learning Need Codes

  • 1020, Computer, electronic technology
  • 1065, Informatics
  • 1070, Leadership, critical and strategic thinking

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss how the use of informatics tools in foodservice can help decrease food waste and easily provide costing and nutrient analysis of recipes and menus.
  2. Discuss foodservice informatics’ role in Long Term Post Acute Care, schools, grocery, and restaurants.
  3. List examples of recent adaptations in foodservice operations with COVID-19 and how informatics tools can help with these changes.


Amy Wootton, RD, LDN

Amy Wootton, RDN, with over 20 years of experience in clinical and food service nutrition mangement for acute and long term post-acute care. Nutrition informatics has been a driving factor in career leadership success. Amy has been the Director of Nutrition Management at MatrixCare for the past 4 years working closely with both the clinical product electronic health record line as well as dietary software solution, MealTracker. As a key subject matter expert, Amy introduced integrations and feature enhancements to development team to incorporate nutrition standards of practice.

Amy is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was appointed Chair on the Interoperability and Standards Committee, executive member of the newly formed Nutrition Informatics DPG, and contributed to the Academy's Nutrition Care Process Toolkit Workgroup. Amy accepted a Leadership Award from the Florida Academy of Dietetics in 2017. Most recently participated in a joint effort article with the Academy and Aspen co-authoring Consensus Recommendations for Optimization of Electronic Health Records for Nutrition Care.

Amy is a dedicated leader and is passionate about the success of nutrition interventions as an electronic solution to healthcare crisis'.

Martin M Yadrick, MBI, MS, RDN, FAND

Marty Yadrick is Director of Nutrition Informatics at Computrition, Inc., a Los Angeles-based provider of software solutions to the foodservice industry. He has served in many leadership roles in the Academy including Academy President, Foundation Chair, ANDPAC Chair, Chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee and Chair of the SCAN DPG. Marty is currently a member of the Academy’s Nutrition Care Process, Research, and Outcomes ANDHII Workgroup.

Marty received his Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University, a Master of Science from the University of Kansas, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.


Digital Medicine 101: Wearables, Apps and Interoperability

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Time: 10:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM MST, 12:00 PM CST, 1:00 PM EST
Length: 1 hr

1 hour of CPEU approved
CPE Level: 2
This live presentation will be recorded and recording will be available for future access

Learning Objectives:

  • Define digital medicine and the classifications of digital medicine products

  • Identify 4 areas to consider when evaluating a digital medicine product for use in clinical care or research

  • Define key players in data standards and interoperability

Learning Need Codes:

1020, Computer, electronic technology
1065, Informatics
1070, Leadership, critical and strategic thinking

Performance Indicators:


Session Description:

Digital medicine products are gaining attention as intelligent and accessible tools that can empower patients and providers to make more informed decisions leading to improved outcomes and lower costs. While the benefits of these tools are promising, the potential risks must be considered. How do we know these tools are worthy of the trust we place in them? As nutrition experts, dietitians have an active role to play in ensuring that these technologies are developed and implemented in a thoughtful manner to promote sustainable behavior change for our patients. In this webinar, I’ll cover an introduction to key terminologies used to define digital medicine products, outline how the FDA regulates these products and offer a concrete evaluation framework for determining which tool best meets the needs of your clinical or research teams and your patients.



Christine Manta, RD

I lead research for the Elektra Labs Atlas platform, which facilitates evaluation and deployment of connected technologies for remote data capture in research and clinical care. At Elektra, I lead strategy and operations for sourcing evidence to support that connected technologies are trustworthy and fit-for-purpose. I believe quality nutrition care is fundamental to improving patient outcomes and reducing costs. Understanding the landscape of emerging digital medicine products will be essential for dietitians working in health-related fields in the coming decade Prior to joining Elektra, I supported the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)’s systematic review of feasibility studies using mobile technologies in clinical research. I’ve worked on research teams at Christiana Care’s Value Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), covering a range of focus areas including health services research and malnutrition. There, I led research and evaluation projects across a variety of implementation science and patient safety initiatives, publishing several papers as first author. I am a Registered Dietitian with a master’s in nutrition from University of Pittsburgh and have worked clinically in acute and long term care settings.




Nutrition Documentation under the microscope.
Documentation Challenges and ENCPRS

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Time: 12:00 PM PST, 1:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM EST
Length: 1 hr

1 hour of CPEU approved
This live presentation will be recorded and recording will be available for future access

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how to align your nutrition documentation with Organizational, IT and Vendor priorities

  • Discuss the role of ENCPRS standards in supporting nutrition documentation

  • Develop strategies to evaluate ENCPRS and provide feedback that will strengthen the standards

Session Description:

Using Electronic Health Records to document nutrition for a patient or patient population is challenging. This webinar will review how to align your nutrition documentation requirements. ENCPRS – Electronic Nutrition Care Process Record System – defines the functions and criteria needed to integrate NCPT and eNCPT into an EHR. The webinar will also explain the value of ENCPRS and how it fits into overall Nutrition strategy.


Sharon Solomon, RD is currently a Senior Director of Food Services for Morrison Community Living in a 500+ bed facility in NYC. Her career has been varied and she has lead teams to create strong processes with automation often being the foundation. In addition, she is the past chair of Interoperability and Standards Committee with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sharon currently serves as the Advisory Chair for the Nutrition Informatics DPG in its first year with AND. Outside of work she is pursuing a Masters in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Innovation, Strategy and Change Management.

Donna Quirk, MBA, RD, LD After serving for 20 years as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC, Donna is now a Clinical Application Analyst on their Inpatient Clinical Documentation team. Early on, her experience implementing the CBORD system solidified her interest in nutrition informatics. She has completed the AMIA/AND 10x10 Informatics course and the HL7 Fundamental course. Donna accepted an opportunity to serve on the Interoperability and Standards Committee for AND in 2013. The mission of the committee is to ensure the inclusion of nutrition in health IT standards and terminologies. She served two terms as chair of the committee and was content lead for the currently published ENCPRS Standard for trial use. She has also served the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as Secretary and in various Legislative roles. She led the effort that resulted in the successful passage of licensure in South Carolina. Donna is a graduate of Iowa State University and The Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Donna and her husband’s favorite hobby is International travel.


Nutrition Informatics 360: An Introduction to Nutrition and Health Informatics and Q & A Session with NI DPG Leaders

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Time: 11:00 am PST, 12:00 pm MST, 1:00 pm CST, 2:00 pm EST
Length: 1 hr

This webinar is approved for 1 CEU
This live presentation will be recorded and recording will be available for future access    


Nutrition Informatics 360: An Introduction to Nutrition and Health Informatics:

Kathleen Pellechia, MS, RDN

NI DPG Leader Q & A:

Chair: Kathleen Pellechia MS, RD,
Secretary: Ben Atkinson MS, RDN, CD
Treasurer: Leslye Rauth, MPH, RDN, CDE, FAND 

Session Description:
Nutrition informatics is defined as the "intersection of nutrition, information, and technology" and it is an exciting and ever-evolving field. Yet, it is important to first understand the principles of informatics as a discipline and how nutrition informatics fits into the larger picture of health informatics and health information technology. This presentation will walk through this pathway from all angles and will highlight examples from various aspects of nutrition practice (clinical, public health, research, etc.).

Learning Objectives:

  •  Define what nutrition informatics is and how it is used by dietitians

  • Describe the different types of nutrition informatics

  • Identify potential careers in nutrition informat