Digitization of Patient Nutrition Intake in Healthcare – The Case of Swiss Hospitals

Monday, July 25th, 2022

This paper written by Dr Thorsten Merkle and Dr Isabelle Wrase, describes the assessment of the economical, ecological and social benefits of digitizing patient nutrition in Healthcare, using the use case of a Swiss tool that measures individual patient nutrition. Improved patient nutrition can reduce treatment costs and food waste, potentially generating benefits to a hospital in all three aspects of the triple bottom line. Using a nutrition intake digitization tool, data on patients’ nutrition is generated with a fully automatic procedure relying on a visual system, implemented in hospital kitchens. With our study we seek to explore the extent to which hospitals can benefit from the integration of this tool.