Nutrition-As-Intervention in Chronic Condition Management

May 10, 2022

Nutrition-As-Intervention in Chronic Condition Management

How a Virtual Nutrition Assistant is Bridging Access Gaps and Improving Outcomes by Bringing Expert Knowledge to Patients When and Where They Need it Based on Clinical and Contextual Variables


Health care spending as a percentage of GDP grew from 5% in 1960 to nearly 19% in 2020. To slow this upward trajectory, narrow networks and access barriers (such as gatekeepers, utilization review and prior authorization) were introduced in the 1990s. Despite these measures, costs have increased and quality of care and quality of life have often deteriorated. To halt this trend and improve quality of, access to and satisfaction with care, we must adopt and broadly deploy new interventional levers. Nutrition is a lever deployed in oncology (with expansion to other chronic diseases in 2022) as a primary intervention for symptom management, resulting in high levels of engagement, utilization and satisfaction; reduced ED visits, inpatient admissions and unnecessary resource utilization; and improved survival and quality of life; and reduced symptom burden. Literature demonstrates the positive impact of nutrition as intervention. Given that we must eat to live, nutrition represents a key interventional lever that is already incorporated into our daily lives.

Advances in the power, speed and affordability of technology have facilitated development of expert systems that incorporate scientific literature, clinical best practices and other expert knowledge, and (via AI) that virtually deliver clinically and contextually appropriate, accurate and highly personalized expertise to patients where they are and when they need it. One such AI-based expert platform is bridging the nutrition-access gap in oncology and bringing evidence-based nutrition-as-intervention to patients via an SMS-based virtual “dietitian in your pocket” 24/7 “on demand.” Through query response and “push” guidance, the virtual dietitian can identify issues sooner and provide immediate, personalized, clinically proven self-management guidance or referral to an appropriate provider and setting, which reduces cost and improves quality of care and patient experience. By incorporating contextual data such as preferences, social determinants and other practical data, a more personalized, holistic patient experience has resulted in market-leading engagement (65%), utilization (70%) and satisfaction (83%).

Target Audience

  • Consultants
  • Health care decision makers
  • Health care professional
  • Health plans
  • Health Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Managed behavioral healthcare organizations
  • Population health organizations
  • Wellness organization leverages within federal, states, and employers

Learning Objectives

  • Present and discuss scientific literature about nutrition as intervention in multiple chronic medical conditions.
  • Discuss the application of AI and machine learning to expert knowledge in medicine and how they can safely deliver the right intervention, at the right time, by the right resource, in the right setting.
  • Discuss clinical and cost benefits when a patient's context is incorporated into clinical decision support.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/10/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/10/2022 - 2:00pm EDT

Susan Bratton, MBA
Savor Health



In support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This educational activity is approved for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

This educational activity is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.*

This live course grants 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE


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