Kathryn H Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence; Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 340 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-0323
email: bowles@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Bowles holds a BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Villanova, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at the Penn School of Nursing, she is the Beatrice Renfield Visiting Scholar for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute, a faculty member in the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches, and Director of the Health Informatics Minor. Dr. Bowles leads a program of research in the use of information technology to improve healthcare for elders and support healthcare provider’s decision-making regarding hospital discharge referrals for elders.

“Applied Health Informatics” (NU 551) was developed and taught by Dr. Bowles based on her belief that all health care providers must be aware of health informatics issues and solutions in order to practice safely, effectively, and efficiently. She welcomes students of all disciplines to her course to learn about the barriers and benefits of health informatics applications where together they can develop solutions to advance the practice of safe, effective, and efficient health care. Dr. Bowles also assisted in the development of a minor in health informatics at the master’s level.

Dr. Bowles’ program of research examines decision making supported by information technology to improve care for older adults. Her ongoing study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, focuses on decision-making and the development of decision support for hospital discharge referral decisions. Other research areas include telehealth technology, quality of life among frail elders, intervention research to close the health care racial divide, and the use of large databases in home care to support clinical decision-making.

• Currently Funded Grants

• NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

Clinical Practice
In an attempt to bring research to practice and support informed decision-making in a clinical area, Dr. Bowles practiced as the Director of Nursing Research at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia from 1996-2005. In that role, Dr. Bowles served as clinical coordinator and principal investigator for several research studies. She is currently team teaching an Evidence Based Practice course at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and is translating her decision support and telehealth research to practice in several New York City sites.


Dr. Bowles has been recognized for her research achievements in decision science and telehealth. To honor her research achievements, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Natural Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Leadership in Nursing Research Medallion from the Villanova University School of Nursing Alumni Society. To advance her expertise in information science, she received admission and a certificate as a course fellow in the 2002 Medical Informatics course sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory and the National Library of Medicine. In recognition of her work in telehealth she received the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovative Practice in Nursing, awarded by the University of Pennsylvania Society of the Alumni.

Most recently, Dr. Bowles was invited to serve on the National Quality Forum Care Coordination Steering Committee and to consult with Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) on its initiative to identify the key data elements essential to safe transitions. She has served on CMS' Technical Expert Panel on the development of the CARE tool. She is a member of the Heath Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Care Coordination Committee commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology to identify the standards for the electronic patient record. She was an invited expert consultant for the Ministry of Health in Singapore on transitional care, gerontology, information science, and telehealth. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and a member of American Medical Informatics Association, American Nurses Association (ANA), and Sigma Theta Tau.
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Developments and growth in decision science and information technology provide the means to support accurate decision-making, medication administration, remote monitoring and the provision of evidence based practice. I am excited to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in gerontology, transitional care, health economics, decision and information sciences to advance the science of using technology to improve care for older adults.