Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

bowles@nursing.upenn.edu

vanAmeringen Professor in Nursing Excellence, School of Nursing
Director, Center for Integrative Science in Aging, School of Nursing

Dr. Bowles’ program of research and expertise in transitional care, home care, and with the electronic health record has been continuously funded for 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She has over 200 publications and presentations and she has served on many national committees and workgroups to advance the care of older Americans. She has served on the National Quality Forum, the Care Coordination Steering Committee and was a member of the Heath Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Care Coordination Committee to identify standards for the electronic health record. She was an invited expert consultant for the Ministry of Health in Singapore on transitional care, gerontology, home care, information science, and telehealth. Kathy was an invited Consultant on the Technical Expert Panel to provide input on the Post-Acute Care Assessment instrument (CARE tool) mandated by Congress and funded by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS). She was appointed to a CMS sponsored Technical Expert Panel to develop measures for transitions in care and was an invited consultant on the CMS sponsored Improving Safe Transitions Technical Expert Panel to develop standardized measures for improving continuity of care for Medicare beneficiaries transitioning between health settings. Kathy served as a workgroup member to recommend the standards for measuring functional status in the Continuity of Care Record for long term care services with the Center for Aging Services Technology and the American Health Information Management Association. In 2011, Dr. Bowles Co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals. Most recently she was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council and delivered the NINR Director’s Lecture in March 2016. She was an invited workshop participant co-sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to discuss Optimizing Strategies for Clinical Decision Support.  She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the American College of Medical Informatics and a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

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