OpenVista Nutrition and Food Service

The OpenVista Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) application automates many clinical nutrition, food management and reporting functions. With OpenVista NFS, healthcare organizations can more efficiently perform many key nutrition and food service functions, including:

  • Screen and assess nutritional status
  • Prescribe diet orders and enteral feeding regimens
  • Enter and track patient food preferences and between-meal nourishments
  • Analyze nutrient value of meals
  • Report on consults
  • Track encounters
  • Monitor quality of care

OpenVista NFS is fully integrated with OpenVista CareVue, ensuring a 24 x 7 real-time diet census.
A diet order created in the OpenVista CareVue Orders tab

Fig. 1. A diet order created in the OpenVista CareVue Orders tab


  • Increased Efficiency. Automated functions—diet and enteral feeding order entry, food preferences and snacks, diet pattern development, management reporting—improve the efficiency of individual and organizational workflows.
  • Improved Patient Care. Customized nutrition status levels; follow-up threshold times; meal, menu and recipe nutrient analysis; and automated enteral feeding calculations all contribute to more comprehensive patient care.
  • Expanded Patient Safety. Allergy tracking using diet cards and potential food/drug interaction reports keep the patient from receiving harmful foods or food/drug combinations.
  • Reduced Costs. Standardized diet orders and enteral feeding formularies greatly reduce food waste and contribute to revenue enhancement.
  • Greater Patient Satisfaction. Real-time food preference updates, improved menu accuracy and customized meals for birthdays and holidays help create a positive patient experience.
  • Enhanced Communications. Standardized menus and immediate diet, food preference, and snack order retrieval coordinate the activities of clinical nutrition and food service personnel.
  • Improved Forecasting. Standardized menus and automated inventory tracking enable efficient ordering and minimize food waste.


  • Enables food service personnel to build lists of patient food preferences for incorporation into meal production calculations and printed diet card and tray ticket programs
  • Manages patient dietary requirements, including specific food items, food allergies, utensils, standing food orders, and food quantities
  • Enables the creation of facility-specific recipes that note ingredients, directions, portion size, preparation area and time, equipment and serving utensils, and recipe category
  • Manages multiple meals and menu cycles and controls ingredient usage
  • Analyzes recipes, meals, and weekly menus for nutrient value; manages food items and nutrients using the latest food item analysis data, and, if desired, local dietary guidelines
  • Controls quantities produced by reorganizing patient diet orders into production diets and diet patterns that reflect the foods served; uses this information, along with data from the meal file, to generate production reports, diet cards, and tray tickets
  • Controls order entry and prints a patient-specific record of all diet order entry information
  • Manages patient snack preferences and schedules; implements automatic nourishment schedules associated with selected diet orders that change immediately when new orders are entered
  • Generates labels for enteral feeding orders, diet orders, food preferences and snacks