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Navigating Future Practice: Technology

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTRs) can use technology to lead in a more connected future, both locally and globally. This brief describes technological developments and trends that may impact current and future nutrition and dietetics practice, as well as implications for how credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners will thrive in a new technological landscape.

In this brief, technology is defined broadly to include both hardware and software, the systems that connect them, the data sets that populate them, and the ways people develop and apply these tools to meet the needs of end-users. Across the profession, all practitioners are affected by technological advancements that are changing the very nature of food systems, the ways people live and work, and the ways people provide and access food, nutrition information, and healthcare. In addition to leveraging and helping clients navigate new technologies, RDNs and NDTRs can bring nutrition expertise to the development of new tools, support data integrity, and ensure that technologies enhance rather than detract from human nutrition and health equity.

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