Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN is a Professor at Penn Nursing. Her program of research in transitions in care, home care, and the electronic health record has been continuously funded for 20 years by federal and foundation sources. She has served on many national committees and workgroups to advance the care of older Americans, including the National Quality Forum, Care Coordination Steering Committee and the Heath Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Care Coordination Committee. She was an invited expert consultant on the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on the Post-Acute Care Assessment instrument (CARE tool) and two other Expert Panels to develop measures for transitions in care and continuity of care. She applied her information technology expertise as a workgroup member to recommend the standards for the Continuity of Care Record with the Center for Aging Services Technology and the American Health Information Management Association.
Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s research on decision support for post-acute care referrals. She was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council and delivered the 2016 NINR Director’s Lecture. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society where she was inducted into the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSN from Villanova University.