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RightCare Solutions, a software company spawned from research conducted by Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN,  was recently highlighted in a UMR publication.
With sequestration funding cuts affecting the research budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more emphasis is being placed on putting ongoing research into practice faster to provide greater benefit to the public health.

United for Medical Research (UMR), a coalition of leading research institutions, patient and health advocates, and private industry that have joined together to seek steady increases in funding for the NIH has focused attention on research conducted at the School of Nursing that promises to cut costs for the nation’s hospitals and Medicare and Medicaid.

RightCare Solutions, a software company spawned from research conducted by Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, who holds the van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence,  was recently highlighted in a UMR publication “Profiles of Prosperity, How NIH-Supported Research is Fueling Private Sector Growth and Innovation.”

“RightCare Solutions’ software saves hospitals money. Dr. Kathryn Bowles, a researcher who focuses on older patients, discovered that hospitals did not have complete information about whether patients could take care of themselves after a hospitalization. Many patients couldn’t keep track of their medications, had cognitive impairment or were depressed. Many had to be readmitted weeks or months later, a negative result for their health and for the hospitals’ costs,” wrote the authors.

“Using electronic health records for decision-making is the wave of the future,” said Dr. Bowles. Her research found that certain factors can predict which patients may quickly be readmitted to the hospital. The Affordable Care Act of 2014 now penalizes hospitals financially for those patients readmitted within 30 days for the same conditions.

RightCare Solutions is currently partnering with the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is in talks with other hospitals.  

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