Reimagining food services in hospitals and elderly care homes promoting health and sustainability

Partners: Intrasoft, University Medical Centre Maribor, Syreon Research Institute, GS1

Objective: Enhance patient health while simultaneously reducing food waste in hospitals and home care facilities through the deployment of a comprehensive monitoring system. This use case aims to integrate various data sources available within these healthcare settings, including inventory, environmental, supply chain, food waste, nutrition, patient health records, public health, home health monitoring devices, and menu data. By leveraging these diverse data streams, the initiative seeks to offer actionable insights for diminishing food waste and ensuring that patient diets are both nutritious and tailored to individual health needs.

Proposed solution: This use case will analyze data from various sources like inventory, supply chain, patient diets, and environmental impact to optimize food services and ensure diets meet individual health needs. By engaging healthcare professionals and employing data analytics, the initiative will introduce sustainable food options and encourage eco-friendly practices. A pilot study will assess the system’s impact, and guiding refinements. The goal is to make hospitals environmentally sustainable, enhancing patient care while minimizing waste.

Areas of the food supply chain that will be affected:
Hospital Food Systems
Producers: Sustainable food sourcing
Consumers: Nutritious patient diets

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