Review of Nutrium: Nutrition Software for Dietitians & Their Patients

I am really interested in how nutrition professionals can use technology to improve the quality of the services we provide for our clients. So I was intrigued Manuela from Nutrium got in touch with me to see if I would like to review this nutrition software.  

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Nutrium is a Portuguese company which describes itself as: “nutrition software where dietitians and patients work closely together”. The goal is to improve nutrition professionals workflow during and between appointments, by simplifying the tasks of professionals and motivating patients to achieve their goals. 

 For a 25% discount for Nutrium you can follow this link and use the code: DIETETICALLYSPEAKING

Key Features of Nutrium:

    • Appointment scheduling
    • Database of patients
    • Patient notes – which includes options for documenting:
      • Background information such as: social history, medical history, medication, eating behaviour, diet history and goals
      • Numerous anthropometric measurements (including: weight, height, BMI, skin fold thickness), biochemistry and body composition
      • Nutritional requirements with the option of using any of the following equations: Henry, Harris Benedict, Harris Benedict (revised), Mifflin St Jeor, Katch McArdle, Cunningham and WHO; as well as macronutrient distribution and fibre. For paediatric clients the Slaughter equation is used, and for pregnant women additional energy requirements are added as per the Food and Nutrition Board reccomendations.
      • Food diaries
      • Nutritional recommendations
    • Messaging platform to communicate with patient’s in the app
    • Ability to track patients’ activities
    • A food database which incorporates:
      • The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) SR27 database
      • The Irish Food Composition Database (IFCD)
      • The UK Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset (CoFID)
      • You can also input your own food
    • A recipe creation tool
    • A tool to create and monitor customised meal plans – including template meal plans, and lists of ‘foods to avoid’ and ‘recommended foods’ for various nutritional issues; as well as detailed nutrition analysis (per nutrient, per food group and per meal)
    • The option to create a list of ‘equivalents’ e.g. carbohydrate exchanges for clients with diabetes, or protein exchanges for clients with PKU
    • Tracking of weekly statistics about appointments and the option for notifications
    • A mobile app which can be used by the health professional and the client for communication as well as tracking and monitoring (which is available for Android and iOS)

My Verdict:

I found this software for dietitians to be really useful. I particularly like how customisable the software is as you can choose which features to use, and which features to give your clients access to. For example, if any clients aren’t keen on using this type of technology, it can also be used just to store notes and create plans which can be downloaded and printed for the client. You can also control which parts of the app are accessible to your client, so depending on their needs and preferences you can alter how closely you monitor their progress.

I have found the software itself to be user-friendly and comprehensive.

I love that all the steps of a patient consultation are in one place.

It simplifies communication as you don’t need to worry about deleting emails periodically. Importantly, it stores patient information confidentially and is GDPR compliant. It is also good to know that Nutrium is already used by Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians in various countries.

 

 

Another benefit is the wide variety of food databases and nutritional requirement equations it incorporates, which includes those that are relevant to UK Registered Dietitians. The USDA database isn’t the most up to date version, but this is currently being updated. It is also worth noting that it doesn’t have the option to add stress factors and mobility factors, so it it more suitable to an outpatient setting, rather than for those who are acutely unwell.

The food diary feature is handy, but unfortunately there isn’t currently an option to add extra information such as symptoms, which would be useful for clients with IBS or food intolerances. There is also no option for integrated video calls at present. But this software is regularly updated based on feedback, updated guidelines and evidence, and new features; so there are plans to add video calls and symptom tracking to the food diary in the near future.

On a personal level, I find the wording of the template meal plans a bit too prescriptive, but this can be overcome by devising my own customised meal plans in Nutrium.

Overall, I think Nutrium is a great platform for dietitians and nutritionists to use, which makes the organisation and record keeping side of client consultations easier and more efficient. 

If you are interested in trying Nutrium (or if you are already signed up) you can follow this link and use the code: DIETETICALLYSPEAKING for a 25% discount!

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