Each new year brings advancements in the food service industry that have the potential to revolutionize the way health care food service providers feed patients, employees, and visitors who come to their facilities. Among the growing trends for 2017 are investments in equipment and personnel that strive to improve food quality and offer greater personalization of meal service to patients while controlling costs.
The need for greater flexibility in patient menus and production capabilities is behind the growing number of hospitals that are investing in kitchen equipment. Embracing new technology in food preparation is enabling hospitals and other health care facilities to expand the number of menu items made in-house and cooked from scratch. Investment in new equipment helps to streamline processes and often comes with a big boost in energy efficiency.
Hospitals, like St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor are leading the trend toward incorporating more fresh, locally-grown produce and incorporating nutrition education into their community outreach programs. Demonstrating how simple, affordable, and beneficial growing your own fruits and vegetables can be is just one facet of bringing better health to populations the hospitals serve. By establishing on-site greenhouses and working with local farmers and growers, hospitals have begun to form partnerships that improve the nutritive value of patient meals while supporting the local economy and promoting better long-term access to safe, healthy organic fruits and vegetables.
As health care moves toward being more system-based, hospitals are standardizing training for food service employees at every level, from production workers to management and supervisory staff. Consistent training across multiple locations streamlines operations, provides a more consistent level of service and reduces costs. Optimization of foodservice operations can also be achieved through automation. Implementing Hospital Food Service Management Software brings consistency to inventory and patient menus, reducing food costs.
Vision Software is a leading provider of software applications for the health care food service industry. We are a team of committed technology, clinical nutrition, and food service industry professionals who understand the unique challenges that face health care food service providers. We make it our mission to help food and nutrition leaders make a difference in the lives of the patients and customers in their care through feature-rich software solutions that increase productivity and reduce costs while greatly improving patient satisfaction. Through powerful informatics, you can easily support a Room Service ordering platform with Patient Menu Checking, Tray Tracking, Clinical Nutrition Software, Nutrient Labeling, and so much more, powered by HL7 interfaces for seamless implementation. Call 629.777.8989 or fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule a free consultation.